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December 29, 2012

Jeep Patriot salutes SUVs affordably

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Its approachable price makes the Patriot a favorite of young drivers who are still building purchasing power. At Clark in Methuen, typical buyers range from as young as 21 to about 40 years old, Silverman said. Many have young families. They buy the five-passenger, four-door Patriot for its versatile cargo capacity and safety. It is often a second family vehicle, giving young parents assurity when they must drive in snow, he said.

“They're looking for something that is four-wheel drive and is still rather inexpensive,” he explained

But the model's fan base also includes many singles, Silverman stated. They see it as a good all-around transporter. It handles their commuting needs, transports the bulky accessories of an active lifestyle, and provides true off-road traction for more far-flung adventures.

The small percentage of Merrimack Valley buyers who choose a Patriot with front-wheel drive usually go for the value, said Silverman. The base-level two-wheel-drive Patriot uses a 158-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. When mated with the model's standard, five-speed manual transmission, the engine yields an EPA fuel-economy rating of 23 miles per gallon city, and 30 mpg highway. An optional, continuously variable automatic transmission drops front-drive Patriot's fuel-use rating to 22 mpg city, 28 mpg highway.

Four-wheel-drive Patriots come with a larger, 178-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder. The greater power and the addition of all-wheel traction bring the EPA ratings to between 23/28 mpg and 20/23 mpg, depending on transmission and four-wheel-drive system selected.

“It gives you the security on snow and wet roads. You get a lot of storage room. And it gets decent gas mileage,” Silverman summed.

Those are good assets to own throughout the year, but especially on Christmas Eve.

2013 Jeep Patriot

Vehicle type: 4-door, 5-passenger, front- and all-wheel-drive compact SUV

Price range: $16,920 to $26,620 (plus options)

Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles basic warranty; 5 years/100,000 miles powertrain warranty; 3 years/unlimited miles corrosion warranty; 3 years 36,000 miles roadside assistance

Base engine: 2.4-liter I4 (with 4WD)

Power: 172 horsepower at 6,000 rpm; 165 lb.-ft. torque at 4,400 rpm

Base transmission: 5-speed manual

Fuel economy: 22 mpg city; 28 mpg highway (with 4WD)

Wheelbase: 104 inches

Length: 174 inches

Width: 69 inches

Height: 66 inches

Weight: 3,111 pounds

Fuel capacity: 13.5 gallons

Turning circle: 35.6 ft.

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