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!
1. We have a Front drive 2010 Patriot. We drove up to Boston for Christmas of 2010. That was a hammer time snow at Christmas. We have no problems on the snow packed roads. I never regretted driving the Patriot up instead of our 4 door Wrangler.
And even loaded with the family plus stuff for a week we got 30mpg.
2. Yes. My son is 6'4" and fits comfortably in the back seat. Family plus stuff on road trips is a breeze. For more cargo space we have the 2" hitch and a cargo rack.
3. Die hard Compass fans are convinced there is no difference. But my experience is otherwise. We do no fit in the compass. But it is no problem in the Patriot. If the Patriot did not have more room than the Compass we would not have bought either one.
The dimensions might be a little different for the 2012 Compass. But 2010 there was a big difference that took the Compass of the list for us.
The Patriot is hard to be for the combination of fuel economy, size, and price.
A bit of cognitive dissonance : The new Ford F150 Quad Cab flexfuel has an EPA highway rating of 24MPG, compared to 25 for the Patriot.
Actual mileage we get with our Pat is closer to 30MPG highway.
But the F150 is looking attractive for a next vehicle purchase.
I to just purchased a 2012 Patriot. Sport 2.4 5spd 4X4. I am very excited to get back into a 4X4... Been driving a car for two years and have missed my jeeps... While I don't plan on getting back into wheeling I do need the ability to get down back roads and into my hunting camp. 7 miles of seasonal un plowed road... Hunting season here in upstate ny can see us up to a foot of snow... I am confident my new jeep will see me in and out of camp which I have been unable to do very well for the past two years. (used an old 2wd mazda pickup with chains)
I also enjoy getting of the beaten path to go camping, fishing, hiking etc.
I will also be able to tow my trailer with atv or snowmobile on it... No need to keep my old 2wd pickup truck around any more.
I am excited to be a member of the "jeep club" once again.
While its no lifted TJ, nor a ZJ on long arms... or even an XJ on 35s it is still a jeep and a comfortable, economical one at that!
RIP MY JEEPS... 1998-TJ 1992-XJ 1999-TJ 1994-XJ 1998-ZJ... All were lifted and locked...
Same thing happened to my wife. She got rear ended at a stop light by an idiot that was looking at a cop car on the cross street.
About $1500. But his car was totaled.
Now we have a 2" hitch mounted so if it happens again, even more damage will be done to the idiot that isn't paying attention.
We have taken our Pat on several road trips up to 2000 miles. No problems at all. And my 6'4" tall soon was very comfortable in the back seat.
29+mpg on the highway is a nice bonus.
Some people can't get used to the Cvt. But i like it. Though i have stick in my car.
I'm going to add cruise control. The cvt will definitely work better with cruise than a traditional 4or 5 speed automatic, especially on rolling hill roads.