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post #1 of 5 Old 09-06-2007, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Wrangler vs. Patriot

I've had my TJ and love it. I'm looking at the Patriot though for the better mileage and all around practical use of it. I want to know what people's plusses are of the patriot and if ya'll have had any regrets trading or getting one.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-07-2007, 06:27 AM
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we love ours. about thing only thing my wife dislikes is the headrests and somewhat limited visibility looking towards the side/back for lane changes. its not that bad but there are a couple blind spots. the passenger headrest obstructs the view a bit out the passanger rear window depending on the seat position. the center armrest isnt long enough or forward enough for my tastes but other than that is very comfortable.

its got decent power for a 4 banger but Im used to a bit more oomph of the line. I dont feel unsafe merging onto the highway or anything, Im just used to V8s or the cherokees I6.

its the wifes jeep and its forbidden to go off road, we live in a hill town and get lots of snow and lousy plowing so we need a 4x4 just for that.. so I cant comment on its off road ability but the trail rated version has got very good reviews for its off road ability vs other crossover 4x4s

I like the automatic all wheel drive and being able to disable the ESP both partially and totally is a plus as well as being able to lock the front and rear axles together in the deep snow via the "lock" switch.

its very quite and smooth on the road. feels very stable in corners (and I tend to push it speed wise).

I also like the side airbags.

the stock stereo is pretty decent and if you get the fold down front seat its got a decent amount of cargo space.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-07-2007, 09:07 AM
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I have both a Patriot and a Wrangler TJ Saraha.

They are two different animals.

The Wrangler sure feel more like an Offroad/truck vehicle, and feels much higher off the ground, with much better visibility in all directions because its shorter. Its a very fun vehicle to drive, but overkill for mostly road driving, and you pay for it in Gas mileage.

The Patriot drives much nicer on the road, like a car. Much quieter and better for cruising, but still has some off-road capability. It gets so much better gas mileage that it has become our main commuting vehicle. I have been saving about $50 a month on Gas since getting the Patriot. (we drive about 500+ miles per month)

I can't compare the transmissions because my Wrangler is a 5 speed and the Patriot is a CVT Automatic.

The 5 speed is probably better on the Patriot because you get more power, but we got the Automatic so my Wife doesn't have to learn stick.
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Same as Hunter, I have them both. 02 TJ and 07 Pat. But it is comparing apples to watermelon. The Pat has a car like ride which is nice after driving the TJ, a fair amount of storage, and the awesome fuel economy(29-31mp(Canadian)g ) But you will see a TJ in places that a Pat won't go. But both are Jeeps so it don't really matter which one you have, you'll enjoy either one.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-07-2007, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I knew there would be a big difference. When I test drove it I loved it. 5 speed felt good but like you said, I'm used to a V8 or I6 also. I could get used to it quick though. I loved the sound system in it with the Boston Acoustics. The sunroof was a plus. The fold down seats are perfect for my dogs to hop in the back and have a whole lot more room and not have my GF worrying about them jumping out one of the windows like she does in the TJ. I don't do alot of off roading either. The most I did with the TJ was a trail on a country road here with a couple of mudholes deepest being about 2 feet. Just basically playing.

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