The Jeep® brand continues its expansion with the 2009 Jeep Patriot’s combination of fun, freedom, utility and best-in-class Jeep 4×4 capability.
The 2009 Jeep Patriot combines the packaging and interior flexibility of a sport-utility vehicle with the performance, handling, fuel economy and price of a compact car or small pickup. Safety features, such as standard side-curtain air bags and standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), add to Jeep Patriot’s tremendous value.
For 2009, Jeep Patriot features an all-new redesigned instrument panel, center console with split lid for added storage space and door trim panels. The all-new instrument panel features a smoother look while chrome accents brighten the new round heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) vents, shift bezel, door spears and cluster rings. The all-new center console and door trim panels feature padded armrests for added comfort. New LED-illuminated cup holders make it easier to place beverages in the right spot at night.
To reduce noise and give the 2009 Jeep Patriot a quieter ride, engine compartment and interior floor insulation has been added. Tuning improvements to the engine exhaust also have been made.
Suspension tuning for on-road packages has been revised, giving the 2009 Jeep Patriot a more comfortable, smoother ride.
Innovative technology affords Jeep Patriot more capability than any other vehicle in its class. Jeep Patriot is available in three drive configurations: front-wheel drive, Freedom Drive ITM (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode) and the Freedom Drive IITM Off-Road Package (a full-time, active 4×4 system with low range that provides true Jeep 4×4 Trail Rated® capability).
Freedom Drive I features a lockable center coupling, which gives Jeep Patriot drivers the ability to handle rough weather conditions and low-traction surfaces. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is an available four-wheel-drive system that makes the 2009 Jeep Patriot a Trail Rated 4×4, creating the most capable vehicle in the crowded compact SUV class. The Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package includes a second-generation Continuously Variable Transaxle with low ratio (CVT2L), 17-inch all-terrain outlined white letter (OWL) tires (Limited models only) and aluminum wheels, a full-size spare tire, skid plates, tow hooks, fog lamps (Sport “E” only), trailer tow wiring harness and manual seat height adjuster (Sport “E” only). The available Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package is recommended for off-road situations that include grades, occasional wheel lift and moderate rock or log climbing.
The Trail Rated Jeep Patriot sits 1 inch higher than non-Trail Rated versions and meets Jeep off-road capability requirements for traction, water fording, articulation, maneuverability and ground clearance. The Off-Road Package’s 17-inch wheels and OWL tires contribute to the Trail Rated Patriot’s 9 inches of ground clearance, 29.6-degree approach angle, 34.2-degree departure angle and 23.3-degree breakover angle. Trail Rated Jeep Patriot models also have additional body sealing and high-mounted drivetrain vents to support 19-inch water fording capability. The Jeep Patriot’s body and chassis were developed and tested over numerous rugged off-road terrains to meet the requirements of the Jeep enthusiast.
All 2009 Jeep Patriot models include standard brake traction control, driver-controlled three-mode ESP, Brake Assist, Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with rough-road detection.