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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Visibility is good all around
Four stars, front impact--driver; five stars, front impact--passenger, side impact--driver, and side impact--rear passenger
The 2008 Jeep Patriot receives high marks on safety from federal and private agencies.
The 2008 Jeep Patriot received four of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on front impact protection for drivers and rollover resistance (both 2WD and 4WD); it received five stars on front impact protection for passengers and side impact protection for both driver and rear passengers.
Although the Patriot has not been tested by IIHS, the Dodge Caliber, which shares the Chrysler C-segment platform from which the Jeep Patriot and Compass have been derived, received a "good" rating for the frontal offset crash test and a "marginal" rating for both the side impact and rear crash protection tests.
Kelley Blue Book refers to the laundry list of standard safety features on every 2008 Jeep Patriot as including front disc and rear drum brakes with ABS, front and side-curtain airbags, and electronic stability and traction controls with rollover mitigation. Side airbags are optional.
Cars.com adds that four-wheel-drive Jeep Patriots get Hill Descent Control and off-road Brake Traction Control. ConsumerGuide states that for the occupants of the Jeep Patriot, "Visibility is good all around."
Standard safety features abound on the 2008 Jeep Patriot, and crash-test scores are good.