2009 Jeep Patriot vs. Its Competition

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Boxy styling is actually one of the Patriot's selling points, so those looking at it might also consider the Scion xB, another city-friendly small car.

The Ford Escape, despite its carlike underpinnings, has a style and driving position that's quite trucklike.

With improved safety and standard features for 2009, the Escape is a much better vehicle.

All said, with a price that starts well under $16,000, the Patriot is an awesome value.

The Kia Sportage and Mitsubishi Outlander are two other small crossovers that aren't quite as distinctively styled, but they come well equipped.

Shoppers also might consider the Subaru Forester, a small crossover-SUV mainstay that's known for its solid reliability and good resale value, along with its good performance in crash tests.

The Forester handles slightly better than the Patriot, but it suffers from road noise inside, and it's considerably more expensive.

The xB has similar fuel economy and a similar size, though its passenger space isn't quite as usable as that of the 2009 Jeep Patriot.

However, the xB's interior feels more upscale and sportier, but it's a bit more expensive.

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Quick Specs
The 2009 Jeep Patriot offers a safe, city-friendly package for a bargain price; if the most off-roading you'll be doing is to the weekend campsite, it's a good frugal choice.
The 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid is a viable and sturdy contender in the family crossover arena. Gas mileage is excellent for a compact SUV, and optional mechanical all-wheel drive sets it apart from softer competitors.
It’s significantly improved this year, but the 2009 Subaru Forester remains a unique all-wheel-drive crossover with less power and fewer features, but better carlike handling, than its competition.
The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
If you can live without top-level refinement and the absolutely latest technology, 2008 Kia Sportage is a fine little SUV, and considering its price, a genuine value.
Though the first-generation Outlander was often overlooked, the updated 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander has emerged as a well-rounded vehicle--and one of the sportiest-driving small crossovers.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4-CylGas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport Utility Vehicles4WD Sport UtilitySmall Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door Rocky MountainFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)2WD 4-Door I4 Manual LX2WD 4-Door ES
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive2 Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door4 Door Wagon4 Door4-Door Wagon
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManualNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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