Originally Posted by ErikRP
- I want a vehicle that if I step on the accelerator it goes and if I hit the brakes it stops. Passing in traffic should be as effortless as possible, realizing I'm in a larger, heavier vehicle.
The MK's are no 1/4 terrors, that's for sure
but they a definitely adequate. The CVT2 takes some adjustment but you will be assimilated. The smoothness is really nice and with the AutoStick you can get out on the freeways and around others with no problem.
With 4 wheel disc anti lock brakes stopping is as good as it gets.
Also, as you can probably tell we don't do any off-roading. Yet, anyway. A big test for our vehicle is my wife's family's ranch in Texas. They have a steep hill for a driveway (around a 35 degree grade), some of the hills are even steeper. The rest of the property has ruts, bumps, rocks and tree limbs scattered about. (Needless to say visiting in the Regal is always a white knuckle drive, although it has made it up and down the driveway!)
The ESP and Traction Controls will get you threw all of that just great. No more white knuckles...ever! Plenty of ground clearance, good approach and departure angles. Lots of storage space. You'll be laughing and saying "that was fun, let's do it again"!
A few of the concerns I have about the Patriot are:
- lower HP than the Liberty
- performance of the CVT (we want automatic)
- warranty (we're in Canada and there is no lifetime warranty on the powertrain here)
- rightly or wrongly I get the impression it's a "Jeep Lite". But maybe that's all we really need?
Is the Patriot more suited to my needs? Will I be just as happy in this vehicle? I would really appreciate any comments and feedback.
The HP is more than enough for normal driving considering the mpg. It can still tow 2000 lbs with the trailer tow package.
The CVT takes some adjustments, don't worry about RPMs (you can't over rev them) just drive it for the acceleration that you want, the CVT controls the ratios needed.
I just hit 25K with mine and I have nothing to complain about on any warranty issues. Most of the problems that anybody has had have been "one off" and quickly remedied. They are VERY dependable.
The MKs are the intro Jeeps but a decked out Patriot is really more than a great ride. Leather HEATED seats, Lots of room, easy to clean interiors even if they are a little spartan, good visibility in the Patriot.
I love the decked out Libby's but if it's a plain Jane compared to a decked out Patriot gimme the Patriot with good gas mileage.