I know that you're not in the market for a Compass but the ride, handling and performance of the Compass with FD I is going to be the same as the Patriot. The only difference will be the sheet metal and the view of your surroundings with the more rectangular windows of the Patriot, otherwise same engine, transmission, drive train, chassis, suspension, ground clearance, interior, yada, yada. It could be worth your while to take a quick trip in one. Don't forget to wear a disguise. Don't want any of your friends to see you in a Compass.
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sat in a patriot the other day (at a car show). Found it.... interesting to say the least. Reminded me a lot of my XJ... just wish it was higher.
I know for a fact it doesn't have solid axle up front, but (haven't done much of any research on it) is it fwd, rwd, awd (option?)? If it is rwd or at least awd then I will be taking a close look at for the next DD....
soon to be enforced in close to all threads....
The MK platform (Compass/Patriot) have as standard FWD. Optional are the Freedom Drive I (on both) and Freedom Drive II (Patriot w/ CVT2L Only). Both of the Freedom Drive packages are on demand AWD with a 4WD lock lever that splits the torque 50/50 between front and rear wheels when needed.
Ground clearance on the FWD is 8", FD I is 8 1/2" and FD II is 9".
I sat in a few at the Atlanta Auto show and came up with a similar conclusion. It had great room (leg/hip/head) in the front and rear. Better rear leg room than a commander which is sad. and better rear head room than a JK. Much more usable room than my XJ . I think it would be a great commuter car I really liked the styling in person. of course I couldnt drive one at the car show but 172hp with a manual has to be fun. It will never be an off road god but i'd take one over an HHR or other similar car anyday.
thats what i was thinking.
By the time i'd be getting it, it would be my commuter/work car, plus we could drive it on our monthly trips from albuquerque to el paso.
It would give me the chance to build up the cherokee like i want and make it a weekend/play/camping rig.
I havent done that much to the cherokee now since we've only had it, since my wife's car's been getting worked on... slowly... whenever her uncle is sober.
If you get one with a CVT, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it will run on the open road.
2007 Patriot : Green : Limited : 4x4 : CVT/FDI : Personally Trail-Rated
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Frankly I'm very surprised that they are ordering them with the FD II simply because many of the posts have been negative towards the CVT2. You adapt to the CVT, it's really quite nice when you get over the fact that it doesn't "bang" every time it shifts leaving you with the impression that it's slower than it really is.
Most of the first Calibers were shipped with the CVT and the Compass had a better split with the 5 speeds on introduction, relatively speaking.
I do take it as good news for those who may want to some what modify their FD I's, the parts my be appearing on the shelves to add on.
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Here's a local one that I'd like, IF I was in the market. Note the MPG!
2007 MODEL YEAR
PATRIOT LIMITED 4X4
MANUFACTURER'S SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE OF THIS MODEL INCLUDING DEALER PREPARATION
Base Price: $ 21,430
JEEP PATRIOT LIMITED 4X4 (LHD)
Exterior Color: Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat Exterior Paint
Interior Color: Pastel Pebble Beige Interior Color
Interior: Leather-Trimmed Bucket Seats
Engine: 2.4L 4-Cyl DOHC 16V Dual Variable Valve Timing Eng
Transmission: Continuously Var. Trans w/Off-Road Crawl Ratio
STANDARD EQUIPMENT(UNLESS REPLACED BY OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT)
FUNCTIONAL / SAFETY FEATURES
Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags**
Supplemental Side Curtain Front and Rear Air Bags**
Electronic Stability Program and Traction Control
Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Electronic Roll Mitigation
Sentry Key(R) Theft-Deterrent System
Power Windows with Driver's One-Touch-Down Feature
Power Locks, Speed Sensitive
Power Fold-Away Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Daytime Running Lamp System
Interior Removable/Rechargeable Lamp
Rear Window Defroster
Rear Window Wiper/Washer
Sliding Sun Visors with Mirrors
Auxiliary 115-Volt Power Outlet
12-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet
Power Accessory Delay
Passenger Assist Handles
Soft Tonneau Cover
Heated Front Seats
Height-Adjustable Driver's Seat
Manual Driver Lumbar Adjust
Front-Passenger Fold-Flat Seat Back
Rear 60/40 Reclining and Folding Seat Backs
Outside Temperature Display in Odometer
UltraFloor(TM) Vinyl Load Floor Covering
AM/FM Stereo with CD Player & Auxilliary Input Jack
Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Sliding Armrest w/Flip-Pocket for Cell Phone/MP3
Satin Silver Instrument Panel Bezel
Tilt Steering Column
17" x 6.5" Aluminum Wheels
P215/60R17 Black Side Wall All Season Touring tires
Adjustable Roof Rail Crossbars
Deep-Tint Sunscreen Glass
Jeep Green Metallic Clear Coat Exterior Paint $ 150
Customer Preferred Package 28F
Trailer Tow Prep Group $ 50
Trailer Tow Wiring Harness
Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group $ 605
Hill Descent Control
Off-Road Brake Traction Control
Full-Size Spare Tire
4-Wheel Drive Off-Road Mode
Fuel Tank Skid Plate Shield
Transmission/Engine Oil Pan Skid Plate
Premium Front and Rear Floor Mats $ 30
Continuously Var. Trans w/Off-Road Crawl Ratio $ 1,050
P215/65R17 Outline White Letter All Terrain Tires $ 140
DESTINATION CHARGE $ 560
TOTAL PRICE:* $ 24,015
**Certified to the federal regulations that allow less forceful airbags
Assembly Point/Port of Entry: BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS, U.S.A.
This window sticker may or may not match the actual window sticker on the vehicle itself. We reserve the right to make changes without notice and are not responsible for typographical errors. Dealers are independent and free to set their own prices. *STATE AND/OR LOCAL TAXES, IF ANY, LICENSE AND TITLE FEES AND DEALER SUPPLIED AND INSTALLED OPTIONS AND ACCESSORIES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS PRICE. DISCOUNT, IF ANY, IS BASED ON THE PRICE OF OPTIONS IF PURCHASED SEPARATELY.
THIS VEHICLE IS MANUFACTURED TO MEET SPECIFIC UNITED STATES REQUIREMENTS. THIS VEHICLE IS NOT MANUFACTURED FOR SALE OR REGISTRATION OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES.
PARTS CONTENT INFORMATION
FOR VEHICLES IN THIS CARLINE:
U.S./CANADIAN PARTS CONTENT: 70%
NOTE: PARTS CONTENT DOES NOT INCLUDE FINAL ASSEMBLY, DISTRIBUTION, OR OTHER NON-PARTS COSTS.
FOR THIS VEHICLE:
FINAL ASSEMBLY POINT:
BELVIDERE, ILLINOIS, U.S.A.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
CITY MPG 21
HIGHWAY MPG 23
Actual Mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition. Results reported to EPA indicate that the majority of vehicles with these estimates will achieve between 17 and 25 mpg in the city,
and between 19 and 27 mpg on the highway.