The Jeep brand celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2016. And that means special-edition anniversary models across the Jeep line-up. That’s exciting news for the Patriot, whose design hasn’t substantially differed since its 2007 debut. For SUV fans, the 75th anniversary edition of the Jeep Patriot 4x4 is a great deal with a starting MSRP of $22,475. During a week-long test drive of the special edition Patriot, the attraction was non-stop. First off, the Jeep-exclusive Recon Green exterior paint perfectly exemplifies Patriot’s off-road heritage. The anniversary model includes remote start, power sunroof, 17-inch bronze aluminum wheels, roof rails, and special badges.
Powering the test driven Jeep Patriot 75th Edition was a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder with variable valve timing that produces 172 horsepower at 6000 rpm/165 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. (A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder releasing 158 horsepower at 6400 rpm/141 pounds-feet of torque at 5000 rpm also is available.) The tested Patriot’s engine was matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Diamond anniversary Jeep models are also offered for the Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Renegade, and Compass. The Jeep Patriot Sport 4x4 75th Edition with 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine carries an MSRP of $27,985 and collects estimated mpg of 20 city/26 highway.