Im glad you like your car, and I understand getting tired of hearing its not a real jeep, I drive a Liberty and have heard the same...But still your not even close on the 90% of what a stock Wrangler can do. I would say a Liberty(along with Tacoma, Xterra, FJ) can do close to the 80-90% mark. But the Patriot and Compass are essentially cars, still Jeeps mind you, but car platform. They are FWD biased and do not have a transfer case and independent front and back. That is the price you pay for better gas mileage and road manners They do just fine for what most people would want to do off road, but so could a Subaru if we are being honest. Using your example you say you did 1-3 level off road and had some issues on 3s...so that alone says you can do almost 60% of what a Wrangler can do, which is not bad by the way and would suite the majority of the people on the road today just fine. I think they are fine Jeeps for what they are and meant to be used for so dont think Im putting them down, I just dont want somebody thinking about getting one to get the wrong impression and end up not liking it because it would not do more than it was designed to do.
its funny that you use the example of the liberty. I have been on several trail rides where I've had to leave a liberty behind, my patriot stock had better ground clearance and better traction than the stock liberty, Both running similar sized AT tires.
I got caught up, not because the patriot wasn't capable, but because I had no idea what I was doing, took a bad line, and got hung up. That would happen to any n00b in any 4x4 their first few times out. I just had to be pulled back off the rock and take the correct line, and had no issues. Hence why I don't go out alone unless Its a trail I know, or its a trail I'm pretty confident I won't have any issues due to is lack of challenges. I still say that a FDII patriot (with AT tires, not the crap all seasons they put on it) can do about 90% of what a stock wrangler can do.
I've also been out on a few rides where people purposely went out of their way to pick the harder parts of the trail to watch me get stuck, and I made it through no issues.
Once you start modifying a wrangler though, no contest. and even a liberty has a much better upgrade path than the patriot ever will. I will agree to that in a heart beat. I've been trying to get somebody to build a locker for my patriot, and no dice, but the liberty can have a drop in locker in an afternoon. But most people buying a patriot are probably not the types who will be modifying their vehicles.