With chunky proportions that are boxy but not too refrigerator-like, and detailing that keeps it simple but purposeful, the 2012 Jeep Patriot somehow manages to look rugged and trail-ready yet not over-the-top macho. It fits right in on city streets as well as it does getting out to the campsite.
In the crisp sheetmetal of the Patriot, we see plenty of rugged Jeep appeal, and influences from the Wrangler and Liberty in the sheetmetal—along with the Jeep slotted grille. We're glad Jeep hasn't tried to change a thing about the exterior in the Patriot (the closely related Compass got a refresh last year), as it's a design that's aging well. About the only tweak Jeep has done is in extending the front and rear fascias, helping to accent the wheel arches.
On the inside, it's a sturdy, attractive cabin from a few paces back, and 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.