Re: Diesel Jeep Patriot Vs. Toyota Prius
I own one of the few Jeep Patriots on British roads. I also have an acquaintance who has a Toyota Prius (and are any of us allowed to forget it?!). As a result I was very interested to read about the test run between the two cars.
Over the last sixteen years I've had four Land Rover Discoveries, two Freelanders and a couple of other 4 by 4's (Soz, Guys, SUVs). I drive each week from my home in the North Yorkshire Moors to London and back, a round trip of between five and six hundred miles, depending on the route that I have to take. I don't have any problem believing that the Jeep does between thirty-five and forty to the English Gallon. None of my previous four-by-fours has come close to this. Despite what Land Rover claims, I'd say that the present Discovery is close to twenty.
I've read a fair few disparaging remarks about the Patriot over the last few months, some of which I disagree with.
The interior is indeed sparse, tacky plastic, but, remember this is a basic model Jeep at the bottom end of the price range. And, anyway, I'm happier with something I can run a wet rag over when the mud gets in rather than worry about a set of car seats that look like they've just come from Barker & Stonehouse's London furniture showroom.
Two articles that I've read complained about the "excessive wind noise" above sixty. All can say is something like, "Well, you can't have driven many off-roaders in your day". This one's a quiet, purring *****-cat compared with a 'bishi Shogun or ANYTHING by Daihatsu. A trip in a Daihatsu is like sitting out an ice-storm at Everest base-camp.
Your postings give me the impression that there ISN'T a Jeep Patriot in Canada; is that true?