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.