I test drove a 6-speed auto 2.4L 4wd 2015 Patriot prior to purchasing what I eventually ended up with (2.0L/5sp/2wd) and it felt rather sluggish. On the other hand, the 2.0L/5sp/2wd that I now have feels pretty darn peppy and I have no problems getting out in front of the pack so to speak at stop lights. So, I am not sure what the people who complain about acceleration on these vehicles here, particularly the 2.0L/5-speed combo, are used to driving. Perhaps Z06 Corvettes? LOL
Maybe the automatic transmission and 4wd saps a lot more power from the engine? I do know that the 5-speed manual seems to work a lot better since you have more control over the powerband. On the freeway, it gets up to speed surprisingly fast too once you get going. This surprised me the most.
If the 2.0L 5-speed feels like this, I can only imagine what the larger 2.4L with 20lb-ft plus more torque feels like in a 5-speed 2wd configuration . So, this makes me think the automatic combined with the 4wd is not geared/programmed properly for these engines.
Last edited by Mikos89; 04-30-2015 at 12:28 AM.