Actually, the L on the shifter (I'm assuming here that you're talking about the CVT-2 & not the 5-speed) is to keep the transaxle in it's lowest gear ratio, as it is with regular "geared" transmissions. The trail rated Patriot's "first" gear is a lower ratio than the standard model so you can crawl at extra low speeds without over reving the engine. Come to think of it, I don't remember if the 2007 Patriot had a trail rated version. Anyway, no 2x4 or 4x4 Pats came with tow hooks except in trail rated. They could be added by owners later. Hope this helps some.
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Black '07 Compass Sport 5-speed 4X4 ("Fortuneer"), K&N filter, cat-back exhaust; RR lift, sunroof, trailer tow group, Boston Acoustic audio, sport bars, rear taillight guards, more to come... Finally got it back from the wife so I can let my Neon R/T rest for a rebuild.