Thanks in part to its car-based structure and a full roster of safety features, the 2011 Jeep Patriot is a very secure pick among smaller utility vehicles. Under the previous federal crash tests, which tended to be more generous, the Patriot earned a mix of four- and five-star test results. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards the Patriot with 'good' scores in frontal and side tests. Roof strength testing, which the IIHS has started to conduct over the past year, also yields a result of 'good,' and overall the Patriot is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
Overall, the list of standard safety features in the Patriot is particularly strong for the price; standard items include electronic stability control with roll mitigation, front side airbags, and side-curtain bags. Models with four-wheel drive add off-road brake traction control and hill descent control.
Outward visibility is very impressive in the Patriot, thanks to the boxy, upright design and plenty of (mostly unobstructed) greenhouse. Its lower ride height and clear corners, relative to some other vehicles in this class, also means that parallel parking and driveway
The 2011 Jeep Patriot should make the cut for those seeking a safe, compact, off-road-capable vehicle.