My husband and I bought a 2014 Jeep Patriot in the spring of 2013. We thought it was odd that we could purchase this 2014 vehicle in the spring of 2013 so we did our research and found that the difference between the 2 is that the 2014 had the new 6 speed automatic transmission and the 2013 did not.
We tried both the 2013 and the 2014 Patriot and found that we liked the 2014 transmission. It was easier to drive and seemed sturdier as we drove it.
The 2014 has side air bags and that was also an attractive feature for us. The 2013 does not. That means that auto insurance for the 2014 might be less expensive and over time that could save you a lot of money.
In our research we found that the Jeep Patriot is the least expensive 4 wheel drive offered in the United States. We are newly retired with a big cut in pay so that is a very attractive option for us.
Many people think that the Jeep Patriot looks dated but for us this was an attraction and not a set back. The lines and shape are very attractive for us. Why change the shape of a vehicle all the time?
The gas mileage has been very nice. Most days we get between 27 and 30 miles to the gallon. We are saving money yet still have a nice sized vehicle with 4 wheel drive.
One of the setbacks is the size of our cargo space. It seems that we always need more space to put stuff into our vehicle. Many times we have to use the back seat to put stuff in or tie things on the top of our Patriot. If given the option I would be sure to buy a patriot with roof racks.
I have heard that the Patriot does not have the pep that some people would like. I have found that our Patriot has an adequate amount of acceleration.
The winter of 2014 has been hard to say the least and we have found ourselves driving in terrible, icy, snowy weather several times. When we need to put on the 4 wheel drive it is easy and smooth and we can do it on the fly. The Jeep has proven very good in bad weather.
Over all we have been very happy with our Jeep Patriot. It is very comfortable to drive in and we have been able to take long trips without getting uncomfortable. It is quiet compared to most SUVs and the gas mileage is great.
You can learn more about Jeep Patriot at http://www.jeep.com/en/2014/patriot/#model=limited&color=black.