2007 Jeep Patriot

Jeep had one more debut up its sleeve, with an all-new entry-level crossover called the Patriot. A 2007 model, this Jeep features a flexible interior and lots of standard safety features, although it’s the lowest-priced Jeep available, at under $16,000. The trademark seven-slot grille adorns every Patriot, but we expect the 17-inch alloy rims will run extra. Jeep promises the Patriot will come equipped with a “second-generation” CVT automatic, and dual variable valve timing. A “Freedom Drive Two” off-road package will be offered, with a locking center coupling, another inch of ground clearance, hill descent control, off-road ABS and traction control, skid plates, and a tow package. So equipped, the Patriot is said to be able to ford water 19 inches deep. ESP, brake assist, and curtain airbags are also promised.

Perhaps most revolutionary is the interior, which features a 60/40 split rear bench that reclines for comfort and versatility. There’s also a 9-speaker Boston Acoustics stereo system available, with mp3 capability, an iPod jack, and articulating speakers in the tailgate that can be pointed outwards to inflict your tunes on a tailgate party.

2007 Jeep Patriot

2007 Jeep Patriot

2006 New York Auto Show, Jeep ,

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.
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