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.