Jeep is very well known for having reliable and sturdy off-road vehicles, and the latest in the lineup is no exception. The 2010 Jeep Patriot is also one of the cheapest in its class thanks to its starting price of $17,364. The Patriot is also great when it comes to fuel economy, getting 23 mpg city and 28 mpg on the highway--that figure is beaten only by hybrid versions of vehicles of this type.
The Jeep Patriot comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that gives out 172 horsepower. Alternatively, you have the option of a 2.0-liter engine available on two-wheel-drive models that has 158 horsepower. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the Patriot and is recommended over the continuously variable transmission (CVT), which costs an extra $1,000. Both engine types are said to be sluggish while driving on the highway but as usual for Jeep, the off-road capabilities are its best points.
The exterior looks of the Patriot are of the classic boxy style, which is a plus as Jeep is well known for this styling, and most drivers love the look. Other features that make the 2010 Jeep Patriot unique in appearance are the lifting tailgate with fixed glass, side roof rails and a seven-slot grille. The front seats of the Jeep make for a comfortable ride, but unfortunately the back seats don't prove to be so relaxing. While this is one of the smallest of the Jeeps it still has a lot of space inside, it has 23 cubic-feet with all seats being used and 62.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded down.
As far as the rest of the interior goes there is very little to talk about. This vehicle doesn't even come with power door locks or windows as standard, highlighting that while money is saved on purchase, basic amenities are compromised. Following complaints in regards to the 2009 model, the Jeep’s interior dash has been re-modeled. The dials and styling are not as basic and sparse as they once were and there have been some significant improvements.
Overall, the 2010 Jeep Patriot is a reliable and safe vehicle. Safety features include multistage front airbags, supplemental side curtain airbags, electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes—all as standard. However, it is a little disappointing that you have to pay an extra $250 if you want the option of supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags. For the price the Patriot is a really great buy, and if you are into off-road action this Jeep is an ideal car choice for 2010.