If you're comparing the Patriot with a more carlike hatchback or wagon model and are just planning to get front-wheel drive, you could probably do better; but the four-wheel drive version, even with its lower mpg numbers, stands as one of the greener choice for those who need to do true (but occasional) trail crawling.
The 2011 Jeep Patriot is certainly a more fuel-efficient pick compared to serious, more truck-like off-roaders, but as a city grocery-getter it's not all that frugal; EPA city ratings range from 20 to 23 mpg, while highway ratings can range from 23 to 29 mpg, depending on whether which transmission you choose and which drive system you get. Models with the Freedom Drive II package are the least efficient, with ratings of just 20/23.
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