The 2010 Jeep Patriot is mechanically similar to both the more softly styled Jeep Compass and the more carlike Dodge Caliber, but the Patriot gets boxier, chunkier styling that both looks better and is more functional than either of its platform-mates.
When it comes to looks, Kelley Blue Book refers to the 2010 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." Automobile Magazine states that the Jeep Patriot "looks far more like a tough-guy off-roader than its curvaceous urbanite rivals." This is especially noticeable when putting the Patriot alongside the Compass; 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.
Last year, we saw the Patriot get a new interior refresh, which added some style to the purposeful interior. The shiny enhancements still 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." 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. While basic, the interior is attractive and sturdy-looking. 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."