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Unread 05-07-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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Purchasing a 2012 Patriot!

Hey everyone, new to the forums. My wife and I are going to be purchasing a 2012 Patriot Sport 4x4, pretty much loaded. Neither of us have ever owned a Jeep before but a few questions:

1. How do the Patriots handle in the snow?

2. Does anyone else use this as a "family" vehicle with kids?

3. How does the Patriot and Compass compare in terms of interior room, cargo space, etc.?

Thank you so much, look forward to joining the community! Will post pictures when we get it tomorrow!

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Unread 05-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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Well, we did it! We drove the Patriot off the lot last night. I like this thing - the first second or two driving it I wasn't a particular fan of the CVT, but once I understood how it works etc. it grew on me. We also test drove a Compass and I can concur with what others have said - the Patriot does have more interior room. I felt a little squished in the Compass. Plus the model we were looking at didn't have all the bells n' whistles that the Patriot had. We are happy with our purchase and look forward to growing within the Jeep community!
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Unread 05-08-2012, 09:51 AM   #3
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Congrats on your purchase! Many of your questions are answered in this area: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/q...h-more-519045/ . The Patriot is more squared off on the roof line both front and rear and give the impression of being roomier but the cubic inches are pretty much the same.

There have been times that the taller rear hatch of the Patriot could have come in handy for me, but I still got by.
Both of the MK's are great in the snow with the right tires!
No kids but I've had many passengers from time to time, no issues.

Both you and the CVT will adapt to each other. It's a 'learnable' transmission. A little trick to avoid the 'herky-jerky' slowing down is to keep light pressure on the gas, don't let off of it too quickly.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 10:12 AM   #4
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Congrats on your purchase! Many of your questions are answered in this area: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f98/q...h-more-519045/ . The Patriot is more squared off on the roof line both front and rear and give the impression of being roomier but the cubic inches are pretty much the same.

There have been times that the taller rear hatch of the Patriot could have come in handy for me, but I still got by.
Both of the MK's are great in the snow with the right tires!
No kids but I've had many passengers from time to time, no issues.

Both you and the CVT will adapt to each other. It's a 'learnable' transmission. A little trick to avoid the 'herky-jerky' slowing down is to keep light pressure on the gas, don't let off of it too quickly.
Okay great, thank you! I will check that thread out.

I know exactly what you mean by it being "learnable". My wife is taking it out with the kids today and shes loving the heck out of it. Jealous, can't wait to go home and take it out for a drive :P.

Thanks!
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Unread 05-10-2012, 12:20 AM   #5
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Mine drives well in the snow. I had a Volvo XC70 AWD before it that I liked better, maybe because of the longer wheelbase, or lower CG, but the Patriot does well. Full time 4wd is comforting.
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Unread 05-10-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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Ahh okay, thanks for the info! My wife and I are loving this thing, its so much fun to drive and interior space is enormous compared to the Vibe GT we used to have. Can't wait to increase my post count so I could post pictures of it!
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Unread 05-10-2012, 03:46 PM   #7
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How did you like the vibe? Ive considered one of those before. Was it AWD?
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Unread 05-13-2012, 12:08 PM   #8
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How did you like the vibe? Ive considered one of those before. Was it AWD?
The Vibe GT was a good little car. It had some good pep to it (thanks to the 6-spd manual). It was not AWD, only FWD. What year were you looking at?
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Just drove my custom-built 'riot off the lot today, and lemme tell you what: I'm loving it!

I like the theory of CVT, but I went with the manual transaxle, FD1, and the only "bells and whistles" I went with were the power windows and locks, and the Uconnect system so I can stream bluetooth audio from my phone.

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Unread 05-16-2012, 07:36 AM   #10
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Glad to hear your enjoying yours! We are loving ours to death! We actually get into minor disputes as to whos taking it to work and driving it .

I have one strange question - - fog lamps. The first week we were driving it the fog lamps always turned on when we turned the headlights on. Now, my wife pointed out and I confirmed this when turning the headlights on, the fog lamps don't turn on anymore. Is there some sort of button or knob we have to turn to get them back on again with the headlights? They both couldn't have blown out already. Thanks!
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Unread 05-16-2012, 08:54 AM   #11
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You pull the tip of the headlight/blinker knob out to turn foglights on.
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You pull the tip of the headlight/blinker knob out to turn foglights on.
Okay, I'll try that. Wife was messing around with it the other day. Thanks!
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Just got my 2012 patriot limited FDII with every package group available a couple of weeks ago. I also got the lifetime B2B max care warranty so I never have to worrie about it. So far I love this Jeep and I don't miss the TJ I traded for it one bit. we have been getting lots of heavy rain lately and it has performed awesome, can't wait for the winter to drive in the snow. Also like many I too was abit unsure about the CVT but now I love it.


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Unread 05-19-2012, 07:53 AM   #15
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My girl will be paying off her current car this winter and come spring she'll be getting a Patriot. She's been planning on the purchase for 2 years now. When I got my JK a month ago it really started driving her crazy. Glad to hear so many good reviews. It's going to be the family pack mule, and I think that roof basket will a nice gift for her.
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