we have both an XJ (mine) and the patriot (wifes).. see sig for details. we are both in the medical field and live in the snow belt.. and we get no snow days off so we needed 4wd and decent clearance on both our vehicles.
as youve already found out, it actually feels bigger inside than the XJ.
very nice ride, goes and handles in snow better than my XJ (and I have the 242 selectrac), great MPG (average 28, gets over 30 straight highway).
passengers in the rear like the reclining seats, the adjustable height front seat is nice (the wife and I like different heights of course), the fold down front passenger seat has come in more handy than either of us would of though and weve used the 110 outlet quite a few times (not a big deal as you can get 12v powered 110 watt ones pretty cheap). just creature comforts, those but nice anyway.
lifetime power train warranty is a big one. autostick is fun (mine doesnt have it, just a "L" position, but all the 08s and up have em).
we are both jeep fans so it was a no brainer. we looked at the compass but its windshield slopes down inside and neither of us liked that.
did you test one with 17" wheels? it feels more stable than the 16s.
lift kits are starting to come out for patriots (nothing as high as XJs obviously). Gramps has one on his compass, so if you want gas mileage plus a bit more off road capabilities, you can go that route also (not to mention the trail rated patriot with more clearance, skids and such).
2000 Cherokee Sport 4.0L Selec Trac - mine - for occasional wheeling
2007 Patriot 2.4L FD I 4x4 - wifes - doomed to rarely leave the street
Last edited by CharBroiled; 07-25-2008 at 01:29 PM.