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STYLING | 7 out of 10
distinctive Jeep styling
the Patriot got a new front fascia with a new grille and foglamps, new rear end, and new side cladding, and the muffler is now painted black...but in all honesty, it would take a Patriot fanatic or someone with a great eye for detail to see the difference.
The improved cabin, combined with styling tweaks, new wheels, and a raised ride height for models with 4WD, help the Patriot convince buyers that it is a faithful reinterpretation of the long departed and much loved Jeep Cherokee.
To some, the Patriot will seem overly traditional-looking; yet to others it's straightforward, with the boxy design refreshing in a class of rakish rooflines.
From the outside, there's a lot to like, with proportions and sheetmetal that are boxy but not too refrigerator-like, as well as detailing that keeps it simple but purposeful. There's just enough softness and civility mated with lots of macho Jeep appeal and influences from the Wrangler and Liberty—including the Jeep slotted grille. Jeep hasn't messed with a thing on the Patriot's exterior, but its interior could have used more attention. It's passable from some feet away, but up close it still feels drab, with low-rent materials and an econo-car look.On the inside, the down side up close is that there's still lots of hard, dull plastic; but from a few paces back, it's a sturdy, attractive cabin design, with some brightwork added in recent model years.
With a responsible, compact size and boxy styling that looks rugged but not overwrought, the 2013 Jeep Patriot fits in well almost anywhere.