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2009 Jeep Patriot

At a Glance

Pricing $17,290 - $24,830
Drive Types FWD, AWD
Engines 2.0l I4, 2.4l I4
Transmissions CVT, M5
Fuel Economy 21-23 (city), 24-28 (highway)

Jeep has a two-pronged approach to the entry-level SUV segment. The Patriot and its fraternal twin, the Compass, aim at slightly different customers. While the Compass is primarily an on-road vehicle, the Patriot has the traditional Jeep cues and capabilities to appeal to Jeep's traditional clientele. The most common engine is a 172-bhp 2.4L I-4, coupled to a 5-speed manual or two Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT2 or CVT2L). Although the base Patriot is FWD, Jeep has two 4WD drivetrain configurations for customers who want to go off-road. Freedom Drive I is a full-time 4WD system, designed for maximum on-road traction, and light-duty dirt road travel. A center differential lock enhances traction on slippery surfaces. For serious rock crawling, Freedom Drive II should fit the bill. It includes full Trail Rated capability, which means slid plates, 1-inch higher ground clearance, all-terrain tires with full-size spare, and a low-range mode for the CVT2L. A wide array of available options include a vinyl rear cargo surface (Ultra Floor), 17-inch alloy wheels, Boston Acoustics audio system, SIRIUS satellite radio, tire pressure monitoring system, leather seats, portable/rechargeable cargo lamp, and a 115V auxiliary power outlet. All Patriots are equipped with comprehensive safety equipment, which includes Brake Traction Control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), ABS, side-curtain airbags, and Electronic Roll Mitigation. With its rugged styling and off-road capability, the Jeep Patriot could make a sizable dent in the compact SUV market.

What Changed:

The Patriot gets all-new instrument panel, center console and door trim for 2009. Changes were made to the engine compartment and floor insulation to reduce noise.

Model/Trim/Package Engine MPG VjI Base Price
Patriot Sport D Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 FWD 23/28/25 $17,290
Patriot Sport D Package 2.0l I4 (158-bhp) CVT FWD 23/27/25 $18,190
Patriot Sport D Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT FWD 21/25/23 $18,390
Patriot Sport D Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 AWD 23/28/25 $19,040
Patriot Sport D Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT AWD 21/24/22 $20,140
Patriot Sport E Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 FWD 23/28/25 $19,465
Patriot Sport E Package 2.0l I4 (158-bhp) CVT FWD 23/27/25 $20,365
Patriot Sport E Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT FWD 21/25/23 $20,565
Patriot Sport E Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 AWD 23/28/25 $21,215
Patriot Sport E Package 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT AWD 21/24/22 $22,315
Patriot Limited 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 FWD 23/28/25 $21,980
Patriot Limited 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT FWD 21/25/23 $23,080
Patriot Limited 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) M5 AWD 23/28/25 $23,730
Patriot Limited 2.4l I4 (172-bhp) CVT AWD 21/24/22 $24,830