Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Bonney Lake, WA
Not sure which model of Patriot you have, I do know that the 6-speed auto is standard on most models, with the exception of the sport. Also, not sure when the CVT was phased out in favor of the 6-speed. As one who has had both options (altho standard equipment on my units...), I really can't tell too much difference in their relative performances--the CVT would rev the engine up while accelerating, and shift smoothly into increasingly higher gear rations, once you learned that you had to slam the throttle to the floor to gain maximum acceleration, it was a piece of cake! When downshifting for a hill, the CVT again was smoother, just increasing the rpm while smoothly, seamlessly changing gear ratios.
So, your last question is best answered by someone else on this forum that has a 2012, and find out which tranny was standard then.
Any takers on this question? If he does in fact have the CVT, then there is no "magic" solution.
If you've ever taken a path thru the "build and price" screen, you may find that adding standard Lattitude features to a base model sport will be cheaper, and will include some features not offered on the sport.
Jack Allwardt, Bonney Lake (Tehaleh area), WA; "recovering Californian";
(REPEAT Patriot Owner...'08 Limited and a '16 High Altitude), Retired engineer, US Army veteran, Member: American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Central Valley Vietnam Veterans, Enumclaw (WA) Lions Club. Former vintage military jeep owner, instrument rated commercial pilot, ag pilot, vintage aircraft restorer and test pilot.