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2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude 4x4

Versatile Sport Utility Vehicle

A three-quarter front view of a Jeep Patriot Latitude 4x4

In short: An affordable, off-road-ready, city-friendly small SUV.

Jeep Patriot Latitude 4x4 Review

Combining Jeep's cutting edge off-road technology with a range of comfort-enhancing features, the all-new Patriot Latitude 4x4 is as at home on city streets as it is desolate dirt roads. With its bold, boxy frame, all-terrain capability and evocative name, the Patriot in many ways seems to nod to the badge's military roots. And indeed, our charcoal grey tester would have no problem keeping up with the light utility Army vehicles upon which Jeep forged its reputation, thanks to off-road-friendly features like all-time four-wheel drive and hill descent control. Frequent trail trekkers would also do well to look into the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Group package, which adds an extra-low gear, all-terrain tires, and a skid plate, among other things.

While the Patriot may evoke the rough and rugged spirit of early military vehicles, the entry-level small SUV also displays a refined sense of sophistication that makes it ideal for suburban warriors, as well. Inside, the ride is smooth and quiet, and cool features such as a 130-CD/MP3 media center and optional Uconnect Voice Command with Bluetooth make for an enjoyable morning commute. However, no matter how you plan to use your Jeep Patriot, this compact sport ute's low point of entry and class-leading four-wheel drive fuel economy are sure to keep you smiling — even when the road gets rough.

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Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty;
5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty; 24-hour towing assistance

Base Price: $17,695 / As Tested: $25,300

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front engine, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 172 hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 165 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission: Continuously Variable Transaxle II

Curb weight:
3,346 lbs
Wheelbase: 103.7 in
Length/Width/Height: 173.8/69.2/65.5 in
Turning circle: 35.6 ft

front vented disc brakes; rear drum brakes; ABS with Brake Assist
Suspension: independent MacPherson strut front; multi-link independent rear; stabilizer bars and gas-charged shock absorbers

Traction: electronic stability control with off-road brake-traction control system; hill start assist; hilldescent control

0-60 mph: 8 seconds
Top Speed: 111 mph

EPA City:
21 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

multi-stage driver and front passenger front airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags

Likes: Jeep DNA; off-road capabilities; base model price; utility

Dislikes: boxy; feels underpowered at times


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