I think a lot of people here are underestimating the Patriot, yes of course it's not gonna be out wheeling Wranglers here, and it's not what it's designed for, but it sure as hell will out wheel any of it's competition, 9" ground clerance, 4x4 with 19:1 low range, center locker, brake assist, skid plates, oil cooler, this little sucker will do things never seen in SUVs this price/market. It's competition is vehicles like the Honda CR-V/Element, Toyota Rav4, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Kia Sportage, Saturn Vue, and so on. As far as I know the only vehicle listed there that even has low range is the Suzuki but the Vitara falls short in every other aspect. It's about time this compact SUV market has gotten a GOOD vehicle.
It's not just a Caliber with a different body (the Compass basically is though) it has quite a bit more work done to the drivetrain.
I'm looking forward to it's release, quite possibly will get one.
Just remember how big the compact SUV market is, some people just want light offroad ability, with good cargo capacity and versatility, rather then buying a really good SUV and using 15% of its offroad capability. I've had my fair share of 4x4 vehicles, I don't need anything overkill anymore.
^ And I'm in that catagory.
FUTURE: 2007 Jeep Patriot Freedom Drive II Off-Road
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CURRENT: 2006 Dodge RAM 1500 SLT, QuadCab SB, 4.7L Magnum V8, 5AT, 3.55, With a ton of Mopar goodies.
PAST JEEP(s): 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo, Selec-Trac 4x4, 4AT, I6 4.0L, 3.73 (80,000 Miles)
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