The 2009 Jeep Patriot has comfortable seating and space for passengers, but its cheap interior could use more cargo room. A new engine compartment and interior floor insulation reduce noise, while revised suspension tuning helps provide a smoother, more comfortable ride.
According to Cars.com, "Two rows of seats [that] provide room for five occupants" are offered. ConsumerGuide says, "Highmounted seats contribute to generous legroom," while Edmunds remarks, "those of taller stature will appreciate this SUV's voluminous headroom." Seating is well designed; front seats aren't that supportive, but due to the boxy design, there's plenty of headroom, plus even more head- and legroom in back for adults. Just two adults will fit comfortably in the 2009 Jeep Patriot, due to the narrower body and lack of shoulder room.
With its folding rear seat and folding passenger seat, the Jeep Patriot does provide cargo space at the temporary expense of passenger room. As Cars.com points out, "With the front passenger seat and rear seats folded...the Patriot can hold an 8-foot ladder." Although it has the style and proportions of larger Jeeps, the 2009 Jeep Patriot can't compare to bigger sport utilities in cargo capacity. Edmunds refers to its cargo capacity as "subpar."
According to reviewers, including those here at TheCarConnection.com, there's an abundance of hard plastic, but it fits the Jeep Patriot's very purposeful design, and it looks like it would clean up well. Edmunds says that the 2009 Jeep Patriot "suffers from low-grade materials" and even with optional upgrades to the interior is "ultimately defined by a sea of hard, low-quality plastic and inconsistent fit and finish." As Kelley Blue Book states, "it's among the least interesting interiors in the category." Although ConsumerGuide lauds the vehicle for its easy-to-clean surfaces "appropriate to Patriot's rugged pretense," they complain "Hard, unyielding plastic dominates the décor."