2010 Jeep Patriot vs. Its Competition

2010 Jeep Patriot
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Patriot is one of several vehicles that distinguishes itself based on boxy styling combined with very carlike driving attributes.

Subaru's Forester used to be the most direct rival to the Patriot, but the Subaru was redesigned and made larger for 2009.

The Ford Escape is more conservative-looking and has a high driving position that feels more like that of an SUV.

At the other end, there's the Scion xB, another city-friendly vehicle with an impressive set of features, but the xB's passenger space isn't quite as usable as that of the 2010 Jeep Patriot.

However, the Patriot's interior feels cheap and substandard compared to most of these rivals, with an excessive amount of drab, hard plastic.

The Mitsubishi Outlander feels a little sportier on the road and has a very small third-row seat available, but it also comes with inferior interior appointments.

Some shoppers might also want to check out the Honda Element, which is even taller and boxier and also caters to active, outdoorsy people.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 Jeep Patriot is unlike any other vehicle on the market, with good safety, a spacious interior, and city-friendly maneuverability, plus just enough Jeep-ness for weekend campers.
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.
The 2008 Honda Element is a great choice for drivers who need lots of storage room and a spill-proof interior.
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 Hwy18 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 Utility2WD Sport Utility
Style Name     
FWD 4-Door SportFWD 4-Door I4 Manual XLS4-Door Manual X5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)2WD 5-Door Manual LX2WD 4-Door ES
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront 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/ODManual w/ODNA
Detailed Spec Comparison
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