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The 2012 Jeep Patriot

Jeep® capability is legendary — the culmination of 70 years of experience, real-world testing and a state-of-the-art manufacturing processes. As a byproduct of this relentless pursuit of quality, durability and rugged capability — it’s no surprise that the Jeep Patriot is so well-respected in print and on the Web.

Have you taken a close look at the Jeep Patriot lately?

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Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety  Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The 2012 Jeep® Patriot with optional side torso airbags has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), placing it in an elite class for safety and security. This award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rear, and now rollover crashes based on “Good” ratings in Institute tests.

Top Safety Pick  An 2011 Lowest True Cost to Own® Award Winner

The 2011 Jeep® Patriot was named the 2011 Lowest True Cost to Own® SUV under $25,000. The 2011 True Cost to Own®awards name new 2011 model year vehicles that offer the lowest True Cost to Own®(TCO®) which is the projected ownership cost over a five-year period assuming 15,000 miles driven per year. To calculate winners, uses an algorithm that takes into account depreciation, interest on financing, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel, maintenance, repairs and any federal tax credit that may be available.

Top 10 Most Versatile Car Under $20,000  Top 10 Most Versatile Car Under $20,000

The 2012 Jeep® Patriot 4×4 was recently recognized by as a “Top 10 Most Versatile Car Under $20,000”. To achieve this lofty status, a Top 10 vehicle needs to offer outstanding value with rich feature sets and deliver versatility for real life needs – all while staying within economical-minded budgets. To that end, Jeep Patriot 4×4 stood out, delivering legendary Jeep 4×4 capability with an outstanding level of equipment, an outstanding highway fuel economy rating of 28 mpg and an affordable price.


Richmond Jeep Dealer stocks the 2012 Jeep Patriot

The Jeep Patriot has classic, rugged Jeep®styling and an aggressive exterior – all at an affordable entry-level price. Living up to the Jeep brand’s Go Anywhere, Do Anything® lifestyle, all 2012 Trail Rated® Patriot 4×4 models have proven off-road capability.

Key exterior features include:

  • Classic exterior design with ruggedized appearance
  • Body-color signature seven-slot grille
  • Available 17-inch painted-aluminum wheels
  • Three new available colors
  • Halogen headlamps and fog lamps
  • Rugged cladding molded in color gray with black lower bodyside accent
  • Available bright exhaust tip
  • Available bright accents on front / rear fascia


Richmond Jeep Dealer stocks the 2012 Jeep Patriot

Patriot’s premium craftsmanship and thoughtful appointments are sure to please. Every surface within reach is soft to the touch. The interior is richly adorned with a soft instrument panel treatment, finely appointed door trims and upscale interior finishes.

Every stitch in the available premium leather-trimmed seats was crafted for your utmost comfort. Complementing the comfortable seats are Euro-style textures, soft armrests and revised upholstery.

Tasteful bright accents along with an available stylish hand-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel and distinctive chrome details speak to Patriot’s proud craftsmanship.

The personal touch extends throughout the cabin including custom stitching, an available touchscreen Media Center and a quiet ride.

Key interior features include:

  • Soft-touch front door upper trim
  • Soft-touch center console
  • Backlit interior switches
  • Steering wheel with audio controls
  • Cruise control packaged with steering wheel
  • LED-backlit gauges with chrome wrap
  • Rounded chrome accent rings on the vents
  • Soft-touch door panel and padded armrests
  • French seam accent stitching
  • Standard illuminated cup holders
  • Luxury Front and rear floor mats
  • Fold-flat rear seat and available fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Carpeted cargo floor
  • Available flip-down liftgate speakers
  • AM/FM/CD/player with MP3 Jack
  • Tilt steering
  • Available security alarm


Richmond Jeep Dealer stocks the 2012 Jeep patriot

Patriot offers the All Weather Capability Group for snow, sleet, rain and any less-than-ideal road conditions. The available Freedom Drive I™ and Freedom Drive II® 4WD systems offer proven Jeep® 4×4 all-weather, all-terrain capability. Choose the Freedom Drive II system and you get excellent off-road capability.

Jeep vehicles are heavily tested to prove off-road capability and the distinct Trail Rated® badge is the outward symbol that testifies to this.

All Jeep Trail Rated vehicles are designed to perform in a variety of off-road conditions identified by five performance categories:

  • Ground clearance
  • Articulation
  • Maneuverability
  • Traction
  • Water fording

Critics agree that the Jeep Patriot…’is one of the best values in the compact sport-utility vehicle segment, and is a versatile option for those looking for 4 x 4 capability and excellent fuel economy.’ Come test drive the Jeep Patriot at Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg, your Richmond area Jeep Dealer. We have a feeling you’re going to fall in love….And with these special offers we’re currently running, there’s no better time to be ‘patriot-ic.’

richmond jeep dealer stocks the 2012 jeep patriot

Customer Cash[1] = $1,000 + Bonus Cash[2] = $500
Up to $1,500 Total Value. *

Richmond Jeep dealer stocks the 2012 Jeep Patriot

Lease a 2012 JEEP PATRIOT LATITUDE 4X2 for $199 per month for 39 months. Total due at signing: $2,499. No security deposit required. *

Richmond Jeep Dealer stocks the 2012 Jeep Patriot

PATRIOT SPORT 4X2, PATRIOT 4X4 ALTITUDE, PATRIOT LIMITED 4X4: As low as 0% APR financing for up to 36 months plus up to $500 Cash Allowance. *



5202 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia

540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122

* see Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg for complete details and requirements


2012 Jeep Patriot….a major contender in the Virginia Jeep Family

Being the middle child is never easy, but the 2012 Jeep Patriot has played his role well.  As the quiet younger brother of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, he has waited in the shadows, happy to take the back seat and let his dependable, award-winning big brother shine.  Meanwhile, the ‘wild child’ baby of the family – the Jeep Wrangler – never stops getting attention for his free-spirited, ‘no-holds-barred’ way of living. 

2012 jeep patriot

The 2012 Jeep Patriot is all Grown Up

 So what does the five-passenger 2012 Jeep Patriot crossover have to bring to the family?

With chunky proportions that are boxy but not too refrigerator-like, and detailing that keeps it simple but purposeful, the 2012 Jeep Patriot somehow manages to play both of those angles; there’s some softness and civility alright, but there’s also some rugged Jeep appeal, and influences from the Wrangler and Liberty in the sheetmetal—along with the Jeep slotted grille. We’re glad Jeep hasn’t tried to change a thing about the exterior in the Patriot, as it’s a design that’s aging well. On the inside, it’s a sturdy, attractive cabin from a few paces back, and some hints of brightwork added over the past couple of model years have spruced it up from the purely drab it had originally been.

2012 jeep patriot

2012 Jeep Patriot Grill

Safety remains a strength for the Patriot;  it’s again a Top Safety Pick for 2012. Standard safety features include ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, engine immobilizer, emergency brake assist, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring and more. The boxy body of the Patriot brings good outward visibility.

The 2012 Jeep Patriot comes in three different models—base Sport, Latitude, and Limited—and the main difference between the three is in the level of interior comfort and convenience items. The interior provides a car-like driving environment combined with the driver and passenger sitting up as is customary in SUVs. The headroom and outward view is good in all directions.  The dash and door materials and their fit and finish are good.  The gauges are easy to read and the controls are laid-out for easy use.  The SUV features a large center console with storage.

2012 jeep patriot

2012 Jeep Patriot Dash

The Patriot provides 23 cubic feet of space with the rear seat up and 53.7 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down. Of note is that the front passenger seat also folds down thus providing 8.5 feet from the back thus accepting ladders, skies, surfboards, lumber, etc.

All Patriot models now include air conditioning, power windows, door locks and mirrors, cruise control, tilt (not telescoping) steering wheel, front and rear cupholders, a trip computer, overhead console with storage, retained accessory power, front reading lights, 12 volt front power outlet, interior air filtration, and a four-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD MP3 playback stereo, pre-wired for phone, external temperature display and more, but you’ll want to move up to the Limited for conveniences like heated leather seats, keyless entry, cruise control, and a 115-volt power outlet.

The base engine is a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder providing 158 hp and 141 ft. lb.  Additionally, a 2.4-liter four-cylinder mill is available making 177 hp and ft. lb. of torque.  The transmission is a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional (CVT) continuously variable unit.  This Patriot’s 0-60 mph time with the 2.4-loter engine is in 9.8 seconds. The wheelbase measures 103.7 inches and it offers 8.1 inches of ground clearance.  The maximum towing capacity is 2,000 lbs.

2012 jeep patriot

2012 Jeep Patriot...under the hood

The brakes are discs at the front measuring 11.5 inches and drums at the rear.  The Latitude and Limited models have disc brakes at all four corners measuring 11.5 inches at the front and 10.3 inches at the rear. The Patriot’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 121 feet.  The standard tires measure 205 70 16 inch.

The suspension at the front includes MacPerson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers, and a stabilizer bar.  At the rear the suspension setup includes multi-links, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.

On the road the Patriot provides car-like handling and very good ride quality as it soaks up road imperfections.  The steering feels solid and provides some of the best feedback in its class.  On the highway, this vehicle is highly stable. The fuel rating of the Patriot is 23 city and 29 mpg highway.

The 2012 Jeep Patriot is one of the most affordable small crossover-SUV models, starting as low as $15,995. The middle of the line Jeep Patriot Latitude with the 2.4-liter engine is priced at $19,745, and it makes good sense for those who merely want a maneuverable, versatile, easy-parking, and affordable vehicle. And, as you might expect from a vehicle that carries the Jeep badge, the Patriot can be surprisingly deft on the trail, or in deep snow.

This SUV/crossover is quite straightforward.  It gets the job done and it has Jeep’s customary durability.   In these tight economic times, the 2012 Jeep Patriot has found its time to shift the spot-light in the family….obviously you can add patience to its list of attributes; and now its time has come.

2012 jeep patriot

Come visit us at Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg to see our full line-up of Jeeps

Including the 2012 Jeep Patriot

5202 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg VA

540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122

Bragging Rights

Here at Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg we know you love your 2012 Jeep Wrangler – no question – the feeling of freedom it gives you on the open road, the way your day can turn from bad to awesome just by driving with the doors off and the top down, or as one jeep forum member puts it: ‘i love my jeep because when i turn it on it returns the favor.’ 

But did you know, you’re not the only ones who love the 2012 Jeep Wrangler? Its trophy case is getting awfully crowded…..

2012 jeep wrangler awards

Jeep’s Off-Road Awards:

  • Petersen’s 4Wheel & Off-Road 4×4 of the Year
  • 4Wheeler 4×4 of the Year (Wrangler 2-dr)
  • Rubicon voted Best 4×4 Vehicle of the Decade by Four Wheeler Magazine
  • Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Award for Off-Road Ability
  • Active Lifestyle Vehicle’s ‘Best Value Off-Road’
  • U.S. News & World Report’s Best Cars for the Money – Off-Road SUV
  • Play Car of the Year (Off-Roaders and Sun Lovers categories)
  • Best New Car For Off-Roaders –

2012 jeep wrangler awards

General Awards:

  • Autobytel 2012 SUV of the Year
  • Overland Journal 2011 SUV of the Year – North America
  • SEMA ‘Hottest SUV 4×4 of the Show’
  • Boston Glove ‘Top Drives of 2012’
  • Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) Mid-Size SUV of the Year

Jeep Wrangler awards

Awards for Value:

  • Kelley Blue Book 2012 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars (#1)
  • Kelley Blue Book 2012 Best Resale Value Awards: Compact SUV
  • Kelley Blue Book 2012 Lowest Cost of Ownership Mid-Size SUV
  • “Best Resale’ Award from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  • ALG 2012 Residual Value Award Best Compact Utility Vehicle
  • US News and World Reports ‘Best Cars for the Money’
  • 2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, Convertible Under $40,000 Recommended
  • 2012 Vehix New Car Buying Guide, SUV Under $30,000 Recommended

2012 jeep wrangler awards

Jeep Brand Recognition:

  • Jeep named most reliable domestic brand by Consumer Reports
  • Jeep is fastest growing brand in the US
  • Polk Automotive Loyalty Award – Most Improved Loyalty to Make

2012 Jeep Wrangler

Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg’s 2012 Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – becomes even more capable both on-and off-road for 2012, courtesy of an all-new, more fuel-efficient and more powerful 3.6-liter V-6 engine, and a new automatic transmission – both of which it shares with the award-winning Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine – winner of the prestigious Ward’s 10 Best Engines award – delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, while delivering up to 21 miles per gallon highway in the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. The improvement, when compared to the previous 3.8-liter V-6 engine, is 40 percent in horsepower and 10 percent in torque.

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler interior highlights include a recently redesigned instrument panel and storage areas with improved ergonomics and upgraded materials. A lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas boast comfortable touch points, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated, power mirrors are available, and drivers and passengers enjoy enhanced visibility courtesy of large rear windows.

Come visit us at Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg to learn more about this award-winning SUV, and you’ll understand what they mean when they say, ‘It’s a Jeep thing….’

2012 jeep wrangler awards

Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg

5202 Jefferson Davis Highway   540 898 7200 / 888 544 8122

World’s Longest Jeep Parade

The Guinness World Records Longest Jeep Parade was set at the first annual Bantam Jeep Festival in August 2011. Jeeps traveled by decade, along a three-mile parade route before parking on Butler, Pennsylvania’s Main Street for a cruise. The official record states 1,106 jeeps participated in the parade.

Bantam Jeep Festival

They came from all over – Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, the corners of Pennsylvania and more. There even were journalists there from Australia.

And everyone in Butler County, it seemed, came out to welcome these guests to their community.

It was the Jeep Parade, the kick-off event for the Bantam Heritage Jeep Festival going on last August 2011. Butler, Pennsylvania’s, mayor estimated there were 35,000 people at the event. The festival honored the 70th anniversary of Bantam Jeep, which was created in Butler.

Famous for its role in World War II, the iconic vehicle has become a favorite with today’s drivers. The Jeep brand has also evolved into a whole line of cars – Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty, and Jeep Compass, to name a few – that were evident in the parade in August.

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