Now it's Motor Trend's turn to review the Patriot. They liked the styling, off-road handling and affordability. They would have liked a manual transmission with the trail rated version and a stronger powerplant. They were not thrilled with the high-revving nature of the CVT either. Overall impression: while not a Wrangler, the Patriot leaves competitors like the Honda Cr-V, Toyota RAV4, Hyundai Tucson and Ford Escape in the dust.