The 2013-MY Jeep Patriot.

The 2013-MY Jeep Patriot.

Chrysler recently provided an update on its 2013-MY vehicles, including the 2013 Jeep Patriot. The key change for the new model-year is improved fuel economy, with a standard 2.0L World Engine on the Patriot Sport, Latitude and Limited models. This engine, when paired with the five-speed manual continuously variable transmission (CVT2), provides 23 mpg city, 30 highway.

Chrysler is also offering a 2.4L World Engine, which is available on all models and standard on the Limited, for MY-2013. When this engine is paired with a five-speed manual transaxle in front-wheel drive configuration, the vehicle gets 23 mpg city, 28 highway.

Contributing to improved fuel economy for the 2013 model, the Patriot’s CVT2 is a second-generation CVT that Chrysler says boosts fuel economy by 6-8% when compared with a traditional four-speed automatic.

In terms of performance, the 2.0L engine provides 158 hp and 141 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 2.4L World Engine produces 172 horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 2013 Jeep Patriot comes in three available models: the Patriot Sport, Latitude and Limited. All models are available with front-wheel drive, the Jeep Freedom Drive I full-time, active 4x4 system, or the Freedom Drive II Off-Road Package full-time, active 4x4 system with low-range capability.

Chrysler is also offering two new exterior paint colors for the 2013 model-year, including Black Forest Green Pearl Coat and Winter Chill Pearl Coat.

Standard features for the MY-2013 Patriot include electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, Hill-start Assist, anti-lock disc brakes, illuminated cup holders, sunscreen glass, fog lamps, removable/ rechargeable flash light, outside temperature display, rear fold-flat 60/40 folding seat, rear window defrost and wiper, tilt steering column, cruise control and sliding visors with mirror.

Chrysler continues to offer an Off-road and All-weather Capability Group option for the Patriot, which includes Goodyear 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-season floor mats, daytime running headlamps, engine block heater and tow hooks for the 2013 model-year.

Other available features include a Uconnect media center with iPod interface, SiriusXM Radio, navigation with SiriusXM Travel Link, a power sunroof, a premium audio system with nine Boston Acoustic speakers, articulating liftgate speakers, illuminated cup holders and fold-flat rear seats.