Being a Jeep XJ owner of 17 years which i ordered back then with the 'UpCountry' package, i was skeptical my Pat couldn't hold a candle to my XJ.
That is until i took the Pat off road the 1st time.
It was a narrow sandy farmer's trail (which i got permission to do some metal detecting) in the middle of a hilly cornfield.
That trail abruptly ended and i didn't want to back out.
So i had to make a U-turn up a barren sand hill. Was definitely surprised how well i made it up that hill.
Yes FD1 is very capable for light to medium off roading with the right tires, auto stick to manual and Traction Control off.
Though i wouldn't go rock climbing with it! lol.
There are limits especially with the stock low ground clearance!
2014 Patriot Latitude 4X4 | 2000 Jeep XJ | 2016 Ford F150 XLT | 2005 Dodge Neon