The 2012 Jeep Patriot offers minimal changes from its 2011 redesign. It comes in three trim levels: Sport, Latitude and the top-end Limited. The Limited replaces the 2011 Latitude X trim.
Each trim is available in front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive Sport and Latitude trims feature a 158-horsepower, 2-litre, four-cylinder engine, with an optional 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine. The other four trims come with the 172-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.
A five-speed manual transmission and two-speed continuously variable transmission
with manual shift mode are available for all six trims. The towing capacity is 1,000 pounds for the Sport and 2,000 pounds for the Latitude and Limited.
Front head room of 41 inches and rear head room of 40 inches is standard on all models, as is a luggage capacity of 32 cubic feet. The maximum cargo space on the Sport is 54.2 cubic feet; the Latitude and Limited feature 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Standard safety features on the 2012 Jeep Patriot include antilock brakes, stability control, side-impact airbags for all occupants, front-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger seats, driver and front-passenger seat belts that automatically tighten during a collision and head restraints to help prevent whiplash injury due to a rear-end collision. The Patriot is also equipped with an ignition disabling device that prevents the ignition from starting if the original manufacturerâ?™s key is not used. Rear-safety child door locks are standard on all models.
Convenience features on all three models include cruise control, rear defogger, rear washer/wiper, split-folding rear seat and 12-volt power outlet.
The Latitude and Limited also come equipped with a front passenger seat that can be folded down, heated front seats, driver seat height adjustment, air conditioning, heated power mirrors, and power windows and door locks.
Additional features found in the Limited model include leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a six-disc CD/DVD player, a six-way power driverâ?™s seat with lumbar adjustment and satellite radio.
An optional convenience feature on the Latitude and Limited is a remote vehicle starting system. Delay-off headlights and headlight washer capability are standard on the Limited and optional on the Latitude. Blue tooth compatibility is optional on all models.