The Patriot’s seating is well laid out, with ample space for four adults and good cargo space to boot. However the 2010 Patriot still isn't quite up to the standards of other vehicles in this class for interior materials.
According to Cars.com, "Two rows of seats [that] provide room for five occupants" are offered. ConsumerGuide says, "High-mounted 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 headroom and legroom in back for adults. However, the Patriot won’t be perfect for taking five people on a long trip; just two adults will fit comfortably in the 2010 Jeep Patriot, due to the narrow body and lack of shoulder room.
Although it has the style and proportions of larger Jeeps, the 2010 Jeep Patriot still can't compare to bigger sport utilities when it comes to cargo capacity. Edmunds simply refers to its cargo capacity as "subpar,” while Cars.com explains that "with the front passenger seat and rear seats folded...the Patriot can hold an 8-foot ladder." Thus, with its folding rear seat and folding passenger seat, the Jeep Patriot does provide cargo space, but at the temporary expense of passenger room.
When it comes to the interior, it's hard not to mention the word "plastic" when describing almost any item. In this way, the Patriot's interior is basic and sturdy—looking—though not wholly unattractive. The plus side of all this plastic trim is that if you do take it off-roading and track mud everywhere, it’ll be a lot easier to clean than carpet or leather. Kelley Blue Book describes it as “among the least interesting interiors in the category,” while Edmunds is more scathing, disappointed by the fact that the 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." On the plus side, ConsumerGuide lauds the vehicle for its easy-to-clean surfaces that are "appropriate to [the] Patriot's rugged pretenses," but they complain about "hard, unyielding plastic [that] dominates the décor." Other standard features include a rechargeable flashlight stored in the rear cargo area and speakers that can fold out from the back hatch (i.e. facing away from the car), for tailgating entertainment.
Last year’s additions of an upgraded engine compartment and interior floor insulation helped to reduce noise somewhat, while ride quality was also improved last year, thanks to a new suspension system.