2016 Jeep Patriot vs. 2016 Jeep Cherokee: Which Will You Choose?

December 31st, 2015 by

The 2016 Jeep Patriot and the 2016 Jeep Cherokee both make practical daily drivers, and can also hold their own on rugged terrain. Both come with bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage and a 5-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Both offer up impressive cargo and passenger space, making them ideal for those long family road trips. Plus, the IIHS gave the Patriot and the Cherokee the best-possible rating of “good” in nearly every safety test. Obviously, there are plenty of similarities between these siblings, but they’re certainly not twins, and have distinctive differences. Discover the key differences that make each of these vehicles a stand-out in their own right.

The 2016 Jeep Patriot
2016 Patriot
The 2016 Jeep Patriot comes in at a lower starting price than the Cherokee, leaving room for upgrades and option packages without breaking a small budget. In fact, the Patriot was a shoo-in for the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost To Own Award, and was ranked as the #1 most affordable SUV on the market. Jeep purists will appreciate the Patriot’s classic design. It has the rugged, angular look and familiar round headlights that are unmistakably Jeep. Inside, the Patriot is simple, spacious, and comfortable. A shorter body and smaller turning radius makes the Patriot easy to maneuver in and out of tight spaces. The 2016 Jeep Patriot is an ideal vehicle for anyone who needs a versatile, affordable SUV that isn’t shy out on the trail. The Patriot can be equipped with four-wheel drive, skid-plates, and other off-road extras if you’re looking to amp up the adventure. 

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee
The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is heavier and packs even more power. All Cherokee models feature an all-wheel drive setup, a 9-speed automatic transmission, and more powerful engine options. In fact, you can opt for a dynamic 271 horsepower 3.2L Pentastar®V6 in the Cherokee. The 2016 Cherokee veers from the squared-off design of the Patriot. Instead, it has softer lines and a sleeker aesthetic. Inside, the Cherokee offers several interior comforts and a graphic display that is decidedly more modern. The Cherokee has the latest version of the UConnect® infotainment system, keeping you cool and collected for each trip. The Cherokee also comes with a rearview camera, making backing up and parking a breeze. For serious off-road enthusiasts, the Trailhawk® trim boosts the Cherokee’s Trail-Rated® status by adding extra low-range gearing, more ground clearance, skid plates, and even a locking rear differential.

If power, capability, and luxury are at the top of your list, the 2016 Jeep Cherokee might be the one for you. If you’re a fan of traditional Jeep styling and place a priority on practicality, the 2016 Jeep Patriot may be the right fit. Each vehicle gives you the versatility to go from pavement to dirt and back again without breaking a sweat, and both are solid entries in the competitive SUV market. The best way to figure out whether the Patriot or the Cherokee belongs in your driveway is to experience them both firsthand. Stop into Royal Gate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in St. Louis County! Take a look at our new inventory of 2016 vehicles and contact us to take a test drive!

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