Looking at the chunky styling, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Patriot drives like a big, heavy off-roader. Not a bit of it. True, the steering isn't full of feel, but the Patriot stays reasonably composed in corners and grips well. It also rides smoothly, with only large bumps unsettling the car. In normal conditions, power goes to the front wheels only, but it's automatically sent to the rear wheels as well when more traction is needed.