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2014 Jeep Patriot Comfort & Quality

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While the details and materials are nothing to speak fondly of, nothing much has changed about the interior packaging, and that's yet another good thing.

The Patriot's Achilles' Heel—which some will find hard to accept—is the amount of noise and vibration that enters the cabin, as well as the hard, hollow plastic panels that line the cabin. Chrysler has in recent model years added a little more noise insulation, a padded armrest, and some bright trim rings to the climate-control knobs, but that wasn't enough to much improve the aura of econo-car cheapness that pervades this cabin.

The Patriot has a boxy exterior, and that translates to a roomy, versatile interior; but the interior can't shake a cut-rate ambiance.

The boxy, trim, bold look yields a tremendously useful interior, with good cargo space, and rear seatbacks that flip forward easily to expand space. There's good passenger space for four, and the tall roofline makes entry and exit easy. You could potentially wedge a third into the middle position in back, but you'll be reminded that this is a compact vehicle. Seating comfort is lackluster, with somewhat unsupportive front seats and rather stuff, unpadded back-seat accommodations.

We’ve found entry and exit very easy, thanks to the tall roofline, with plenty of headroom front and back—although the seating position is a little lower than you might imagine.

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