Thinking about buying yourself a 2017 Jeep Patriot? I don’t blame you. Apart from all the hate it gets, it’s able to provide one thing that all the other 2017 Jeep models are unable to provide: low-cost value-for-your-dollar. No, it’s not the best off-road Jeep in the lineup, nor is it the fastest on the road. But with relatively low starting MSRPs on the base Sport trim, all the way through to the range-topping High Altitude trim, it makes a perfect SUV for a first-time driver. Or, if you’re just looking for a cheap vehicle that’s jam-packed with value. Either way, the Patriot won’t disappoint.
There are four different trim levels to choose from: Sport, Sport SE, Latitude, and High Altitude.
Starting MSRP: $18,040
If squeezing every ounce of value out of your new car purchase at a low price point is your goal, then buy a 2017 Jeep Patriot Sport. Its starting MSRP is exceptionally low, and it returns up to 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway, so you’ll be saving money in the long-run as well. With a 158 horsepower engine, it’s just peppy enough to get you up and on the highway safely. It also has plenty of standard safety features for the price, and a surprisingly spacious cargo area for the size.
It’s available in either FWD, or 4×4 for a slight increase in starting MSRP – just like the other three trims.
Starting MSRP: $20,185
More expensive than the Sport trim, but no where near a price that will break the bank, is the Sport SE. Which is able to provide a proportionate increase in value when compared to the price.
The first thing you’ll notice is a more upscale appearance, thanks to the mineral gray exterior accents. This upscale feel continues into the cabin, where you’ll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a Uconnect Voice Command system. The seats? Now a combination of McKinley vinyl/sport mesh and cloth. Not only does this provide you with increased value, but also with enhanced comfort and eye-catching style.
On the performance side of things, you’re still looking at 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway, which is still quite efficient, along with the engine still producing that 158 horsepower.
Starting MSRP: $22,540
With the exterior pallet of paint colors nearly doubling, you have an even greater chance of making your Patriot Latitude feel much more upscale than the price you paid for it. Returning 23 mpg city/30 mpg (FWD) with the same engine option, you’re back to saving more money in the long run than the Sport SE. But, that extra two-grand up front for the starting MSRP nets you even more fun features. Such as heated premium cloth bucket seats, standard air conditioning, 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, speed sensitive power door locks, and more.
Starting MSRP: $25,220
The range-topping High Altitude trim is entirely worth it. 22 mpg city/26 mpg highway is back, but it makes up for the loss in fuel-efficiency with all the features it gains.
Features like standard leather trimmed seats, a power sunroof, 17-inch cast aluminum wheels, bright exterior accents, and so much more.
Get One Quick, They Aren’t Sticking Around Forever
If you want any of these trim levels – new – you’ll have to get one before 2017 is over. After that, the second generation Compass is replacing both the first generation Compass and the Patriot.