The Jeep brand has outlived every company that has owned it, and with every change in control there has been a new strategy to capitalize on the brand. Chrysler Group LLC, following bankruptcy and an alliance with Fiat SpA, is no exception.
When I was looking at new cars I was SERIOUSLY thinking about the Patriot. I love the design and looks..but it suffers from the rest of Chrysler's vehicles. It was expensive, WOEFULLY underpowered, slow, and inefficient. 0-60 in 11 seconds for the auto..and about 9 seconds for the manual. While having a 170+ HP 4 cylinder power this huge thing (including the 4wd) while getting only 22/27 MPG. Screw that.
If they put a proper drivetrain in it..I'd probably be driving one of those right now instead of a G5.
I LOVE the Wrangler and wish Chrysler would just focus on making those 3 core vehicles better instead of branching off into more half-baked ideas.
The Wrangler with a better (more power + fuel efficient) engine would make the vehicle more worth the cost and would probably help it sell a lot more. I still dunno why they went away from I6 to the underpowered V6. :\