Jeep is celebrating its 70th birthday by offering special edition vehicles of every vehicle in its 2011 model year lineup: the Grand Cherokee, Wrangler, Liberty, Compass, and Patriot.
With a base price of about $23,500, the 2011 Jeep Patriot Latitude X 70th Anniversary model (yes, that’s a mouthful) is the least expensive special edition Jeep available this year.
Like the other special edition Jeeps, the 2011 Patriot can be ordered in silver, black, or a unique Bronze Star paint color. Special badges on the exterior and on the radio screen are standard, as are 17-inch wheels. Dark Slate seats have perforated leather inserts and are embossed with a Jeep logo. Chestnut-colored stitching and piping matches the accents on the Berber floor mats and cargo area.
Before becoming 70th Anniversary special edition models, 2011 Patriots in Latitude X trim already come with exclusive content not found on the Sport or Latitude trims. Bright cargo side rails, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, a six-way power driver’s seat, and an available Garmin-based navigation system are features reserved for Latitude X models.
The price of the Patriot can increase to as high as $30,000 when you add a navigation system, all-wheel-drive, a sunroof, the CVT, and a Security and Convenience group. Even fully loaded, the Patriot’s special edition model is cheaper than the base special edition models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited.
The special-edition 2011 Patriot comes with the more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 172 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive. A five-speed manual transmission is standard while a CVT is an extra-cost option.
by Zach Gale