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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' roof strength
'Poor,' small overlap frontal impact
Top Safety Pick
Four stars overall; three stars frontal; five stars side impact
The 2014 Jeep Patriot is no longer the safety achiever it was a couple of model years ago; since then, the U.S. crash-test agencies have raised their standards and a host of rivals have emerged with stronger body structures.
While the federal government has given it high scores across the board on past models, the Patriot receives only four out of five stars for overall safety. Side impact tests remain excellent, while both frontal crash and rollover ratings only receive three out of five stars. And in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, the Patriot still gets top 'good' results in most categories—enough for the Top Safety Pick accolade one more time—yet a worrisome 'poor' rating in that agency's tougher new small-overlap frontal test.
Standard-feature content includes all the typical items, like off-road brake traction control and hill descent control for models with 4WD and for all models, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, front side airbags, and side-curtain bags. We've found outward visibility to be excellent in the Patriot—a function of its boxy body.
In safety, the Jeep Patriot is merely middle-of-the-road among current models.