I have been looking at the Patriot for a while now. I have never driven one, but we do have the Dodge Caliber and I know they are very similar. I went to the dealer and looked at everything they have in stock. The Patriot is one very fine vehicle IMHO. I'm 6'6" and the room in it is great. Lot's more room than my Caliber. The price is really a big point on these especially when you compare them to the GC or Commander. 1/2 the price but not 1/2 the vehicle. I would never buy one as a off road rig, in fact I would probably get a 2WD limited model. The Patriot looks like it would be hard to beat as a everyday street vehicle. Cheap price, good fuel mileage, lots of room, and what I consider good looks. The only down sides I have heard about them are, they lack power, and they have more road noise than other cars. If they offered me more trade in on my low mileage Dodge Ram I'd sell the Caliber on the open market and get a Patriot. I don't need the truck as I can pull a trailer with the rubicon if I need to go to the dump. I just don't want another big car payment right now so I would need a good trade in to make it happen.
2006 Solar Yellow Rubicon Unlimited
Jeep Club Member #1340
6 Speed, Hardtop
Mods done: Hurst tee handle, cheap hand throttle, Rokmen Merc front bumper, Warn 9.5 TI winch with 3/8" X 100 worth of Viking yellow rope, DPG OME Ultimate with JKS ACOS up front, Kilby Gas Tank Skid, Kilby Steering Box Skid, Jeep Medic Belly Up, Skidrow Engine Skid, Rockcrusher Diff Skid in the rear, Warn Diff cover in front, , AR Outlaw II's and MTR 12:50/15's, Homemade rear Bumper, Cheap Cobra CB, Puma OBA, Sirius Radio, Locker Defeat, Rockhard cage, Rockmen short corners, homemade tire swing/tailgate hinge affair, Airlift air bags on the rear- - - - - - and more to come!