2022 Jeep Patriot Release Date, Review, Interior – The boxy off-roader hasn’t fundamentally changed since our grandparents drove one. Neither have their drapes or dinnerware, but we digress. It earns a 5.2 TCC Rating, which is a little deceptive. The 2022 Jeep Patriot right angles are a drag on gas mileage; its value is only slightly better than “bad”, and its off-road ability is second to none, but its on-road comfort is pretty poor. Still, we’d love to have one in the driveway because our rating system doesn’t factor in cool.
2022 Jeep Patriot Redesign
The 2022 Jeep Patriot is a few boxes, a few wheels, and the road or trail ahead. What more do you need? Of course, it’s a little more complicated than that, but not too much. That’s what makes it great. Few cars on the road are as instantly recognizable as the Wrangler. The new model, which was released just a couple of years ago, easily could be confused with older models. There are new taillights, new headlights, new small touches (fenders), and new Easter eggs (we won’t spoil the surprises for you).
Some prominent new foglights show up for 2022 with an optional bright skid plate. Overall, the style of the Freedom Edition is the most current. It comes in red, white, or blue colors that are all pretty rich metallic shades. They pair nicely with the grey wheels and help the Patriot look more at home with Jeep’s pricier models. The Patriot is clearly a compact vehicle in its dimensions but looks tougher with the optional Freedom Drive AWD configurations that raise its ride height by 1.5 inches. The Patriot’s classic looks are becoming an asset versus the ultra-modern face of the latest 2022 Cherokee.
Inside, the 2022 Jeep Patriot is more dramatically improved with better ergonomics, better technology, but a low dash for good outward vision. Base Wranglers look very cheap, but top trims dress up with leather, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, and creature comforts. Capability is in the 2022 Wrangler’s wheelhouse, but comfort takes a figurative back seat. If it took the literal back seat, we’d probably never hear the end of it. The Wrangler gets an average score for comfort with some math involved. The cargo space is above average, the fit and finish are below average. Like last year, the Wrangler is available with two or four doors. The two-door model is great for empty-nesters, single buyers, or couples, but that’s about it. If carrying more than two people is a regular chore, the four-door is the way to go. Behind the second row, both Wranglers offer 31.7 cubic feet of cargo storage that can expand to your imagination when the roof comes off.
That’s because the front seats are supportive and comfortable although not as comfortable as the Grand Cherokee or even Cherokee. The dash is low and wide for good outward vision on the trail, which we suppose is the point. The four-door Wranglers have a back seat that’s more easily accessible, compared to two-door versions. Rear seat riders get more than 38 inches of legroom once aboard, but it’s not as spacious as that number would indicate. Getting into the Wrangler can be a chore for old or very young legs, and three adults in the back is a big ask. Two-door Wranglers offer 35.7 inches of rear-seat legroom.
2022 Jeep Patriot Engine
Wranglers can crawl, lumber, clamber, climb, scramble, or shimmy to the top of just about anything other than our performance scale. What it gives us in exceptional off-road ability, standard four-wheel drive, and good power, it takes away in a poor ride and worse steering. More Wranglers will leave the Toledo, Ohio factory floor with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. It’s an improvement in every respect over yesteryear powertrains in older Wranglers the 4.0-liter inline-6 and 3.8-liter V6, especially. The 3.6-liter is more refined, more fuel-efficient, more capable. Our only knock is a lack of low-end grunt, which can be solved in one of two ways.
A 2022 Jeep Patriot 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 270 hp and 295 lb-ft is available in all Wranglers. Its grunt comes on lower in the rev range, compared to the V-6: 3,000 rpm vs. 4,800 rpm. That pays on the trail where the low-speed twist is king (or queen). The turbo-4 is just as confident as the V-6 and we wouldn’t blink at putting one in our driveways, especially in a two-door Wrangler.
2022 Jeep Patriot Price and Release Date
2022 Jeep Patriot has not yet announced the prices for 2022 models. The automatic transmission is likely to be a stand-alone $1,500 option above the base prices, which are all for manual-transmission Patriots.