I suppose I should start off introducing myself, since I am a "newbie" to the JeepForum
My name is Amy, and I live in Minnesota. I hate cold weather (I still wonder why I live here, and HAVE my whole life thusfar!) and love shopping.
I woke up last Wednesday morning, to my husband hot on the phone with Jeep dealerships. He was trying to track down a Patriot for me!
I had been waiting since last September for the Patriot to come out, and was pretty much heartbroken when I heard production would be pushed back until the "first quarter of 2007". I test drove a Compass last fall, and wasn't disappointed but wasn't overly impressed either. We decided to wait for the Patriot to come out.
So, after driving 2.5 hours (our next option was a dealership 4+ hours away!) and not even TEST DRIVING the thing, we bought it on the spot. It's a white Patriot Limited, with the CVTII. It has everything but a sunroof, power seats, hands free communication equipment, 6-CD changer, navigation, and the driver convneience group thing (where it shows the tire pressure, compass, etc.) It has heated seats, bigger tires, leather, outside thermometer, full sized spare, and the awesome Boston Acoustic 9-speaker sound system.
We got quite a few (probably 7 or 8) inches of snow this past weekend, and I got to try out the Patriot in it. It worked just fine! I didn't have any trouble getting through the snow....not even the unplowed roads that were really rutty and dug up/deep from other trucks driving around on them....not to mention all of the huge piles of snow along sidestreets, from the snow plows.
You have to remember these Patriots only have a 4-cylinder. It's not a big truck with tons of power. If you're looking for something to power you through two feet of hard packed snow, this isn't the vehicle for you. But if you're looking for something to get you over moderately crappy roads, and that also gets you good gas mileage and looks "Jeepy", this is for you. It rides really nice, feels very stable, and really, I am suprised at how much/all of the options we got for the relatively low price tag of $23,600!
I am so glad we didn't go with a Compass....
There was a Compass in the showroom next to our Patriot, and it looked like a fricken' PT Cruiser....