2023 Dodge Hornet
The all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet is an incredible offering from Dodge. This compact utility vehicle comes both as a regular combustion engine and a plug-in hybrid, the GT and the R/T, respectively. Among its many features, it offers the best performance in its class. Let’s take a closer look.
Two Options with Distinctive Specs
The GT version is capable of 268 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, whereas the R/T offers 285 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The increase in power is thanks to the combination of the 90-kW electric motor with 184 lb-ft and the 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The R/T also has an estimated 50 km range electric-only.
This engine has MultiAir technology, which improves efficiency by adjusting the timing and lift of the valves. The battery is a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion that can be fully recharged in 2.5 hours with a Level 2 charger. The R/T also offers a six-speed automatic transmission, whereas the GT and GT Plus offer a 9-speed automatic.
The GT engine is a 2.0L turbocharged, four-cylinder Hurricane engine with stop-start technology. It comes with a sports mode and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.6 seconds.
All versions are all-wheel-drive, and the R/T hybrid powers the front wheels with the combustion engine, whereas the electric motor powers the rear wheels.
Interior, Safety and Tech Features
The seats are racing-inspired Alcantara seats. There are optional wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a 31.25 cm digital cluster display along with the Dodge Performance Pages on the 26 cm touchscreen, where you can check the temperature, G-force and many other stats.
The digital cluster display allows for customisation with three different zones that you can tweak separately. For instance, you can make it display gauges or drive mode information on the R/T.
You can use the Uconnect 5 system with Amazon Alexa in-vehicle interaction. You can instruct it to start the car, lock the doors and more. You can also connect two phones simultaneously, and it supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You can create profiles to set almost everything individually, such as screen layouts, music and climatizer preferences, etc.
The Hornet has many additional tech features, including a semi-automatic parking system, a 360-degree camera and a power liftgate. There’s a Harman Kardon sound system with 14 speakers as well. Luckily, many of the features are standard in all trims, including the rain-sensing wipers, a rear-set reminder system, and passive entry via key fob.
Among the many safety features of the 2023 Hornet are automatic emergency braking, lane support warning, counter steering, and a blindspot monitoring system.
You can also get a pack of extras through a “Tech Pak.” These optional features are many, and they’re all geared towards additional security and driving comfort. These include drowsy driver protection (which alerts drivers visually and acoustically when signs of fatigue are sensed), intelligent speed assist (which detects speed limits and lets you adjust speeds with just a tap), traffic sign recognition and more.
Pricing and Trims
The Hornet GT will be available at a starting price of $37,995 in late 2022, while the GT Plus starts at $43,995. The R/T will arrive in spring 2023, and its suggested price hasn’t been revealed yet.
Mechanics between the GT and GT Plus are the same, but the GT Plus offers more features as standard, such as leather seats and the power liftgate. Heated front seats are optional in the GT but also come standard in the GT Plus.
Other comfort features are available only for the GT Plus, such as seat memory, a universal garage door opener, and more. Luckily, safety features are shared in both versions.
The 2023 Dodge Hornet’s arrival is pretty exciting because it brings options for both gas-engine and electric-car lovers without compromising any of these choices.