my fiancee bought a 2013 patriot back at the end of january this year...loves the thing. i was kind of "meh" about it, but she was excited, so whatever. as long as she's happy & comfortable driving it. well, i have to say, i've changed my tune!
she was rear ended last weekend while stopped for a pedestrian in the crosswalk...some bimbo in a civic drive right into her w/out ever touching the brakes.
civic appeared to be totaled/turned into a beer can at the scene. my fiancee's pat? some crumpling at the corners of the bumper & cosmetic scuffs. i was astonished! we've since found out that there's $8600 worth of repairs needed, what w/ the kinks in the exhaust system, a bent suspension arm, etc...but the most important (& amazing!) thing is that my bride-to-be wasn't hurt at all!
i couldn't believe it...she had the usual soreness & stiffness, but no whiplash whatsoever! i think this is due to the deploying headrests. anyone heard of them? the things deploy almost like an airbag in collisions...i didn't even know jeeps (or any car) had such things!
i'm very impressed w/ how this little tank of a jeep handled the whole experience...it took a beating but kept safe what's important. i had my doubts about it, but no longer.