2011 Jeep Patriot 4×4 Go Anywhere, Do Anything>

The 2011 Jeep Patriot 4×4, Go Anywhere, Do Anything or Get Out of My Way. For women and men alike, Jeep has long been associated with off-road, open-air cruising and rugged reliability. So even if you’ve never been that chick with the ponytail sticking out of her ball cap sailing down the highway in a topless Jeep, you have to admit…it looked like fun. That’s why so many owners of the classic, removable-top Jeep CJ and Wrangler series stick with the Jeep brand when they trade up to vehicles with more space and utility — like the 2011 Jeep Patriot 4×4.

If you’re a value shopper, the Patriot 4X4 could be a good match. It’s among the least expensive vehicles in the Jeep family, with a starting price of about $17,695. In fact, the 2011 Patriot was named the 2011 Lowest True Cost to Own® SUV under $25,000 based on projected ownership costs over five years. The Patriot 4X4, with its inline 4-cylinder engine also delivers the best fuel economy in its class: 22 mpg city and up to 28 highway.

For 2011, the Patriot received some serious makeovers. These include a refreshed front and rear fascia, a more refined interior, increased ground clearance; plus steering and suspension upgrades to improve handling. This tough little crossover has plenty of passenger room, and a roomy cockpit for the driver. We’re also fans of the thick, leather wrapped steering wheel with fingertip controls for the stereo, cruise control, hands-free phone, and more. Chrome interior accents reflect Jeep’s proud, made in the USA heritage.

Riding in the Patriot 4×4, you and your beautiful passengers are protected by more than 30 safety and security features. Carefully engineered crush zones divert impact energy away from the passenger compartment. And the safety cage structure and front crumple zones are designed to absorb energy during a front impact. When equipped with the optional side torso airbags, the Patriot 4×4 is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Patriot isn’t a large vehicle, so cargo space behind the back seat is limited to about 23 cubic feet. But when you need more capacity (a trip to the antique shop, appliance warehouse, or Nordstrom half-yearly sale, not to worry. You can triple the cargo space — to 62.7 cubic feet—by folding the 60/40 split rear seats to the flat position. The split-folding feature also gives you the option of carrying one rear seat passenger (tall, dark, handsome?) while hauling other bulky items.

Overall, the 2011 Patriot is an attractive, versatile and rugged choice for crossover shoppers on a budget. And the available four-wheel drive system will help keep you tracking safely down the road in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. For more details on pricing, options, and dealer availability click here.