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a 6.5-inch touchscreen and 30-gigabyte hard drive that can hold thousands of your favorite songs
Cruise control is now standard on all models
both analog and digital jacks for playing and controlling audio sources and for loading songs and photos onto the onboard hard disk drive
The Patriot is offered in Sport, Latitude, and Limited models for 2014, with base equipment on the Sport including fog lamps, illuminated cupholders, a removable rechargeable flashlight, rear-seat heater ducts, tilt steering, cruise control, roof side rails, tinted glass, and an auxiliary input, plus Hill Start Assist and electronic stability control with roll mitigation. There’s no standard air conditioning, but base prices start at a bargain $15,995.
Latitude models step up to air conditioning, power windows and locks, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, front heated cloth seats, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 115-volt power inverter, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. Get the Limited, and you’re in with a power driver’s seat, four-wheel disc brakes, leather seats, automatic climate control, an info center, and upgraded audio with SiriusXM.
Options include voice-control Bluetooth connectivity, a remote start system, a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link, a universal garage-door opener, and a Boston Acoustics sound system with tailgate speakers that face outward.
Patriot shoppers who want more than front-wheel drive have a choice of two four-wheel drive systems—Freedom Drive I, and Freedom Drive II Off-Road. The latter includes a low range plus a heavier-duty suspension, skid plates, and other enhancements. Add the All-Weather Capability Group and you'll also get 17-inch all-terrain tires, an engine block heater, and tow hooks.
The 2014 Patriot offers a lot of features for the money, but you'll pay a lot extra for its top-level off-road ability.