NEW FOR 2010:

– 2.0-litre engine now available with five-speed manual transmission
– Standard active head restraints, passenger assist handles, illuminated cupholders, map lights, and removable and rechargeable flashlight
– Manual transmission models add hill start assist
– North Edition package adds standard power heated foldaway mirrors, body-colour door handles, and body-colour liftgate appliqué
– Limited adds standard six-way power driver’s seat and leather-wrapped park brake handle, available automatic climate control
– North Edition and Limited models with optional Security and Cargo Convenience Group and CVT add remote starter

For 2010, the Jeep Patriot receives new safety and convenience features, and the 2.0-litre four-cylinder, previously available only with a CVT, now also comes with a five-speed manual transmission. Whiplash-reducing active front head restraints are standard, as are passenger assist handles, illuminated cupholders, map lights, and a flashlight. The North Edition adds heated mirrors, while the Limited adds a power driver’s seat and leather-wrapped parking brake handle. Automatic temperature control is now available as an option on the Limited trim line.

Slotting in between the Compass and Liberty, and based on the platform used by the Jeep Compass and Dodge Caliber, the Patriot is available as the Sport, Canada-exclusive North Edition, or as the Limited. All models come standard with a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with five-speed manual or optional CVT transmission; the Sport and North can be optioned to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with five-speed manual or CVT. In all models, the front-wheel drive 2.4-litre can be optioned to one of two “Freedom Drive” active full-time four-wheel drive systems with 4WD Lock feature; the Freedom Drive II system also includes an extra-low crawl ratio feature. Unlike the Compass, the optional 4WD earns the Patriot the company’s “Trail Rated” off-road designation. The 2.0-litre is available only in front-wheel drive.

Features on the Sport include 16-inch steel wheels, manual mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, intermittent rear washer/wiper, front and rear assist handles, floor console with illuminated cupholders, floor mats, rechargeable flashlight, map lights, Vinyl-Tech seats, 60/40 split-folding second-row seat, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, tilt steering column, removable cargo area load floor, block heater, and tire pressure warning lamp. Air conditioning can be added as an option.

The North Edition adds air conditioning, power heated mirrors, tinted glass, power locks, 115-volt power outlet, Stain Repel seat fabric, height-adjustable driver’s seat, fold-flat front passenger seat, 60/40 split-folding and reclining second-row seat, and power windows with driver’s auto-down.

The Limited adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, bright body side mouldings, vehicle information centre, heated leather seats, six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Sirius satellite radio, cruise control, and four-wheel disc brakes.

Available options include front seat side airbags, navigation system, power sunroof, and off-road packages.

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