"Upgrade" from Liberty to 2011 Patriot?
Hi there! I live in the UK and drive a 2005 Jeep Liberty V6 Limited. I'm thinking about "upgrading" to the new 2011 Jeep Patriot, mainly because fuel prices in the UK are crazy and the V6 is killing me.
In the UK the Patriot comes with a Mercedes 2.2L CRD Diesel engine with manual transmission. ~35-45mpg compared to the Liberty's ~15-18mpg, so I've worked out that the trade-up to the Patriot would pay for itself on fuel savings alone.
My question is, has anyone owned/driven both Jeeps? And what's it like to live with? I test drove a Patriot today. I like the styling. Luggage space not too much smaller than the Liberty, but it was a bit lacklustre to drive and a bit plasticky and claustrophobic compared to the Liberty. The diesel engine was also a bit rough.
I don't do any serious offroading. I'd use it for the commute, but also I'm into mountain biking, hiking and photography, so I often end up on bad roads, forest trails, snowy conditions, etc. I imagine the Patriot will manage just fine but is the ride okay on bad roads? And what's it like to live with compared to the Liberty? Any pro's and cons to everyday use? In a nutshell: are you glad you switched or do you wishe you'd kept the Liberty?!
(P.s. In the UK we call the Liberty a Cherokee, as the original Cherokee was phased out here when the Liberty was introduced. )