From the outside, the Patriot's design is purely utilitarian. The boxy, chunky look fits well next to older Jeep models like the Cherokee and should age well over time; we also like it far better than the closely related Compass, even considering the 'mini-Grand Cherokee' refresh Jeep gave the Compass for 2011. The combination of round headlamps, a version of the traditional Jeep seven-slot grille, and the squared-off, rugged cues isn't much different this year, though Jeep has extended the front and rear fascias somewhat lower, which helps accent the wheel arches.
Inside, the Patriot is also very purposeful and simple. Some hints of brightwork added over the past couple of model years have spruced it up from the purely drab it had originally been, but there's still a lot of hard, dull plastic up close. At a few paces back, it's an attractive, sturdy-looking cabin, though.