New cars under $20,000
Base price: $15,745 (2011 model with $1,000 off)
23 mpg city/29 mpg highway (manual 2.0-liter 4x2)
The cheapest Jeep is also the cheapest SUV on sale. But the front-wheel-drive and its measly four-cylinder engine mean this base Patriot is really a Jeep look-alike. Spend another $2,000 and get the all-wheel-drive (but if you want to drive off-road, youll need the more powerful Trail-rated Latitude). Other than its price and classic boxy style, we cant recommend the Patriot. Youd be better off saving for a Wrangler.