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a 6.5-inch touchscreen and 30-gigabyte hard drive that can hold thousands of your favorite songs
Cruise control is now standard on all models
both analog and digital jacks for playing and controlling audio sources and for loading songs and photos onto the onboard hard disk drive
The 2012 Jeep Patriot comes in three different models—base Sport, Latitude, and Limited—and the main difference between the three is in the level of interior comfort and convenience items.
All Patriot models now include air conditioning, a CD sound system, fog lamps, cruise control, and power accessories, but you'll want to move up to the Limited for conveniences like heated leather seats, keyless entry, cruise control, and a 115-volt power outlet.
Items from the options list worth worth considering include Bluetooth connectivity with voice control, a remote start system, upgraded Boston Acoustics sound plus outward-facing tailgate speakers, a universal garage-door opener, and a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link.
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. Add the All-Weather Capability Group and you'll also get 17-inch all-terrain tires, an engine block heater, and tow hooks.
Just as with the related Caliber and Compass, the Patriot comes with several standout features, including foldout tailgate speakers, and a rear cargo-area rechargeable flashlight.
The 2012 Jeep Patriot offers a strong set of features for the money, although it costs much more when kitted out as an off-roader.