I`m considering a 2011 Jeep Patriot w/automatic to tow. The 2011 M/H Dinghy Towing Guide,says its not towable (w/o reference to 4x4orAWD). The dealer however, says its towable with the optional 4x4 or AWD that`s in the Liberty model shown in the DinghyGuide. Automatic is a Must have..Would appreciate help from anyone that tows a 2011Patriot/or has tech knowledge on this. Thanks.
According to the owner's manual (p. 378), you cannot flat-tow a 2011 Patriot w/automatic transmission, period. It appears that, unlike most Jeeps, the Patriot has no neutral position for the transfer case.
The manual makes no reference to a Patriot with the Liberty 4x4 powertrain. I'm skeptical of that one.
IMHO, you should just get a Liberty ...
Mike and Trish
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Thanks to all for the help. The Patriot will be deleted from our dinghy search. It was considered for easy entry/exit and size. I may just settle for a towable sedan or other suv brand. The Liberty is too big for us. Thanks again.
For what it is worth, take a look at any 2010 Saturn VUE with automatic. 5 year warranty is still good with GM. This Fall, GM is going to again offer this car as a Chevrolet Model available to fleet sales. That means that support will continue to be available for the forseeable future. I bought one from Mayes automotive group in Mo. Mine is nearly complete now with a SMI brake unit and All Roadmaster towing equipment. I enjoy it very much, more comfortable than any sedan, not as big as a full-size SUV and gets about 24MPG around town with a 4 banger. I traded in a 2010 Jeep patriot 5 speed because the DW did not like driving standard. Last time I looked they still had over 40 left and were offering very attractive pricing.