Hows the XJ treating you?
While my vehicle is an XJ, my wife has a Patriot. It's the off-road one. I gotta tell you, in deep snow, I'd rather have that than my cherokee.
We got the patriot off-road package, so it has brake differentials, skid plates armoring the entire bottom of the car, and is about 1 inch higher than standard patriots.
While the independent suspension isn't as good for rock crawling as solid axles, it does lend itself to greater axle ground clearance in that the axle doesn't work like a plow in snow/mud.
It's a very VERY intelligent car as far as the interior. The fold flat front seat lets me haul 8 foot boards inside the vehicle.
You thinking of getting one?