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The Patriot shares its small-SUV platform with the Jeep Compass, but provides off-road capability that its sibling does not. The Patriot is offered in either front-wheel drive, or with a four-wheel drive system that features a "lock" mode to enhance traction during inclement weather. Two trim levels are available: Sport and Latitude. Front-wheel drive Patriot models are powered by a 158-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while 4-wheel drive models use a 172-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (optional on the FWD). Available transmissions include a five-speed manual, a six-speed automatic, and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Trim-dependent standard equipment includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, air conditioning, cruise control, satellite radio and power mirrors, windows and door locks. An available Freedom Drive II Off-Road package enhances the Patriot's capabilities with a four-wheel drive off-road mode, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, skid plates, tow hooks and a brake lock differential. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control with roll mitigation, traction control, and six airbags.
The Jeep Patriot carries over with minimal changes for 2016. A 75th Anniversary Edition is now offered, celebrating Jeep heritage with exclusive details that include bronze wheels, bronze exterior and interior accents, and custom color palettes.