The 2009 Jeep Patriot is the Chrysler brand's small crossover vehicle, mechanically similar to both the more softly styled Jeep Compass and the more carlike Dodge Caliber.
Comparing the Patriot to some of its competitors in the segment, Automobile Magazine states that the Jeep Patriot "looks far more like a tough-guy off-roader than its curvaceous urbanite rivals." Kelley Blue Book refers to the 2009 Jeep Patriot's styling with its square lines and boxy stance as one that "evoke[s] the purpose-built style of the now-defunct Cherokee and, to a lesser degree, its Grand Cherokee successor." While the Compass has rounded corners and a more carlike presence, the Jeep Patriot wears a boxier, utilitarian look. Motor Trend describes it as "more palatable Jeep styling" that is more rugged-looking and truer to the no-nonsense, trailblazing silhouette of the older Jeep models.
In 2009, Jeep equips the Patriot with new round heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) vents, shift bezel, door spears, and cluster rings, which add some style to the purposeful interior. The shiny additions don't especially impress Edmunds, who complain that the "cabin features large gauges and simple controls but is ultimately defined by a sea of hard, low-quality plastic." While basic, the interior is attractive and sturdy-looking. The Patriot's interior on the base Sport model is equipped with vinyl seating for five that shows some big expanses of plastic on the dash but with large, easy-to-read instrumentation. Automobile Magazine says "the Patriot's upright dash and flat expanse of hood make you feel as though you're in something substantial—more truck than minivan—and the simple controls are logically laid out."