The 2023 Dodge Hornet is a brand-new subcompact SUV featuring a plug-in hybrid model that is performance-oriented.
There is also a gas-only Hornet available with comparable features and options, with a starting price of roughly $30,000.
The Hornet is in front when the PHEV debuts at dealers next spring, with prices starting at roughly $40,000. Dodge is about to enter a new “electrifed performance” age.
Dodge is entering a new age. The Charger and Challenger, two popular V-8-powered vehicles with a throwback theme, have been crucial to the brand’s survival for at least the last ten years. Hell, it even had a 710-hp Durango with an estimated combined fuel economy of 13 mpg. Dodge has said goodbye, even if the Hellcat SUV and numerous special editions of the muscle-car pair will return in 2023. The choice is being made as the company turns sharply to the left in order to move toward an electrified future that will start with the new 2023 Dodge Hornet.
Dodge’s New Course
The Hornet is a small SUV that is similar to the Alfa Romeo Tonale in terms of its platform and some other components. It has a wheelbase of 103.8 inches, is 178 inches long, and can reach a height of 63.8 inches. It’s also Dodge’s first completely new vehicle since the short-lived Dart compact sedan, which was available from 2012 to 2016. The Hornet is the brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle, but Dodge is highlighting the new hybrid’s performance rather than emphasizing its fuel economy. The Hornet was even marketed by CEO Tim Kuniskis as “the first electrified performance vehicle from Dodge.”
Dodge wants to reveal a concept version of its electric muscle car this week as well, so don’t fear that all of its future performance cars will be hybrid crossovers. So it’s not completely eroding from its roots. Additionally, the 2023 Hornet has several real performance features that are not specific to the plug-in hybrid vehicle. Along with the PHEV, a standard non-hybrid variant is available with a turbocharged gasoline engine and many of the same features and choices.
A completely independent suspension, Koni dampers, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive are among the basic shared components from the Alfa. Brembo four-piston, fixed front calipers are standard on the PHEV and are also offered on the base model. Every Hornet may also be ordered with the Track Pack, which comes with 20-inch wheels, improved dampers, and distinctive aesthetic elements.
Comparisons of Powertrains
The starting point is the Hornet GT. It has a 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine that generates 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. An automated transmission with nine speeds is paired with the engine. According to Dodge, the GT will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph.
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The plug-in hybrid is the Hornet R/T. It has a 1.3-liter inline-four turbocharged engine, a six-speed automated transmission, and a 121-hp electric motor installed on the rear axle. The overall system output is 383 pound-feet of torque and 288 horsepower. Additionally, it has a “PowerStop” mode that provides an additional 25 horsepower and immediate torque for bursts of 15 seconds. Despite having a lower top speed of 128 mph, it should be faster than the nonhybrid model. According to Dodge, the PHEV will reach 60 mph from 0 mph in 6.1 seconds. For comparison, a 250-horsepower Mazda CX-30 that we tested reached 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
The lithium-ion battery pack in the Hornet R/T has a 12.0-kWh usable capacity, and Dodge believes that a Level 2 connection can recharge the battery in around 2.5 hours using the 7.2-kW onboard charger. Although it is said to have a driving range of about 30 miles on electricity alone, the EPA ratings for either powertrain have not yet been made public.
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The Hornet’s relationship to the Tonale is clear from the outside. Both were created in Italy. The massive heat extractors on the hood of the Dodge, which are evocative of those on more muscular versions, are the most obvious design change. The element that looks like a mail slot and separates the upper and lower grilles is also seen on other Dodges with a focus on performance. The Hornet’s look is further distinguished by its small headlights with upside-down boomerang accent lights and full-width taillights. The Blacktop option, which comes with gloss-black exterior emblems and mirror caps along with black 18-inch wheels, is available for both the GT and R/T.
The Hornet’s dashboard cants the controls to the left to put the driver first. The steering wheel has a flat bottom, shift paddles, and a button to choose between drive modes. Each model includes a 10.3-inch infotainment screen with Uconnect5 software and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only two of the system’s numerous included functions.
Choosing the GT Plus or R/T Plus trims adds leather upholstery that is available in red to the base inside, which is made up of black cloth with red contrast stitching. Additionally, these higher trims feature a 465-watt, 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and wireless smartphone charging. Driver-assistance technology like automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, and lane-keeping assistance are standard on all Hornets. Choosing the Tech Pack makes adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, and other features available.
We anticipate the 2023 Hornet GT’s true beginning MSRP will be close to $31,000 because Dodge states that it starts at $29,995 before destination. The R/T is similarly priced, at $39,995 before destination. The GT variant is now accepting orders, and it won’t arrive at dealers until December. Although Dodge hasn’t specified a release date, the R/T won’t be in dealerships until sometime in the spring.
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