For extras like heated leather seats, keyless entry, cruise control, a 115-volt power outlet, and other extras, you'll need to step up to the Limited; but all Patriot models now include air conditioning, a CD sound system, fog lamps, cruise control, and power accessories.
Patriot shoppers who want more than front-wheel drive have a choice of two four-wheel drive systems—Freedom Drive I, and Freedom Drive II Off-Road. The latter includes a low range plus a heavier-duty suspension, skid plates, and other enhancements. A new option for 2011 is an All-Weather Capability Group, bringing 17-inch all-terrain tires, an engine block heater, tow hooks, and all-season floor mats.
Once you consider the Latitude model you can option up to remote start, Uconnect Bluetooth with voice control, a universal garage-door opener, and tailgate speakers, as well as an available media center system with 30 gigabytes of music storage. The top Limited model adds automatic climate control, an upgraded media center, Sirius Satellite Radio, and big 18-inch wheels.
The Patriot, just as the related Caliber and Compass offer a couple of market-standout features: A rechargeable flashlight stores neatly in the rear cargo area, and foldout speakers aim to entertain when tailgating.