Standard-feature safety content includes all the typical items, like electronic stability control with roll mitigation, front side airbags, and side-curtain bags. The Patriot also adds off-road brake traction control and hill descent control for models with 4WD. Outward visibility is excellent in the Patriot—a function of its boxy body and plenty of glass.
Whether for daily commuting or out on the open road, for outdoor types on a budget, the Patriot works well enough. It's especially useful around town, where it's a joy to maneuver and handle, and parking is easy. Options include Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, a remote-start system, a navigation system with Sirius Travel Link, a universal garage-door opener, and a Boston Acoustics sound system with tailgate speakers that flip to face outward
Front-wheel drive is standard, but there's also a choice of two four-wheel drive systems—Freedom Drive I, and Freedom Drive II. The latter includes a low range plus a heavier-duty suspension, skid plates, and other enhancements. Add the All-Weather Capability Group and you'll also get 17-inch all-terrain tires, an engine-block heater, and tow hooks. All four-wheel-drive Patriots include the 2.4-liter engine.
Changes for 2015 include the replacement of the removable headliner-mounted flashlight with a more conventional dome light, and the added option of Garmin navigation on Latitude models. A new Eco Green Clear Coat hue replaces Rugged Brown in the exterior-color list.