Off-Road Capabilities with a Manual Patriot?
I'm seriously looking at getting a Patriot Sport 4x4, however I'm still confused on what the off-road capabilities of the 5-Speed manual are against the CVT2 with FD2. I'm not totally sold on both but I've heard more reports of better gas millage on the manuals then the CVT's.
I'm not a hardcore off-roader as this is my first jeep I will own, heck the second car I will own as my first was a mercury couger, but the ability to go off-road interests me greatly. I don't see myself rock-climbing per say as my friend does in his Wrangler, but definitely going down trails and the occasional camping trips, hiking, etc. I have looked all over this forum and on the jeep site looking for more information on what exactly the manual transmission comes with in regards to 4x4 mode and if it has the FD technology.
I understand I get the ESP and traction control, but do I also get the 4-wheel lock? Also how rough of a terrain can I go over without the CVT and FD2 package? It my understanding that the cvt and fd2 are really only there for the serious off-roader that is rock-climbing along side wranglers and such, is this correct?
I live in Montana, so the rough terrain is there, but I would also like to drive to Portland, OR to visit family and friends. My commute is usually about 15 minutes to-from work as I live very close by.
What made owners buy the manual transmission against the CVT?