|The Patriot offers off-road capability and on-road agility in a fuel-efficient package, a nice combination. (Photo: Canadian Auto Press)|
But if the Patriot was around 'back in the day,' I'm sure it wouldn't have been that hard of a sell. After all, this Trail Rated yet road friendly vehicle can traverse in unpaved territories yet also drive smoothly on the city streets. And because it is based on the same platform as the Compass, it offers a rather comfortable ride with available 4WD capabilities without breaking the bank when it comes to fueling.
In order to not break the bank while fueling, the Patriot can be outfitted with the choice of two different engines. There is the base 2.0L four-cylinder or a larger optional 2.4L DOHC, 16-valve, Dual VVT four that gets outfitted on the North Edition, my tester. And of the two transmissions, this particular Patriot came with the optional automatic "shifting" CVT2 Continuously Variable Transmission with AutoStick manual mode, not the standard 5-speed manual. The 2.4L engine coupled with the 4WD system and CVT gearbox uses an estimated 10.6L/100km in the city and 9.4L/100km on the highway; a rating that isn't too bad for a full-time 4WD vehicle of its size.
When behind the wheel of the North Edition, the 172 horsepower and 165 lb-ft of torque created by the engine seemed quite <Read More>