The 2023 Dodge Hornet is an all-new subcompact SUV. The Hornet shares its platform, feature content, and powertrains with the Alfa Romeo Tonale. While the Hornet is a tiny SUV, it’s been tasked with a large job – being Dodge’s first hybrid vehicle. As shocking as it may sound, the Hornet is the first Dodge to be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, while bringing serious performance.
Update (5/18/23): Dodge now says that the Hornet hybrid will go on sale in mid-2023. We expect the Hornet PHEV to go on sale as a 2024 model year vehicle as a result and the R/T trims will in fact not be available.
Choosing Your Dodge Hornet
Dodge will offer the 2023 Hornet in four trims: GT, GT Plus, R/T, and R/T Plus. Hornet pricing for the GT trim starts at $31,590 (prices include destination and go up to $46,590 for the R/T Plus.
The Hornet is available with two different engines. Things start off with a turbocharged four-cylinder, while the R/T trims are equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a turbo engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack. The GT and GT Plus trims that come with the turbo engine come with all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid R/T and R/T Plus also come with all-wheel drive but have a six-speed automatic transmission.
The available plug-in hybrid powertrain brings a large upgrade on the performance front, especially when it comes to torque output. Dodge estimates that the standard Hornet will be able to get to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, while the plug-in hybrid model can make the sprint to 6.1 seconds.
Thanks to its 15.5-kWh battery pack, the Hornet PHEV is estimated to have 30 miles of all-electric range. The EPA hasn’t officially released its fuel economy figures for the model yet, but we expect to see slightly better fuel economy figures compared to the non-electrified model.
|Engine Type||Trim Level||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder||GT, GT Plus||268 hp||295 lb-ft||24 mpg|
|PHEV turbo 1.3-liter four-cylinder||R/T, R/T Plus||285 hp||383 lb-ft||N/A|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The subcompact Hornet offers seating for up to five people. Despite its small size, space inside the SUV will be plentiful. The SUV has 38.2 inches of rear headroom and 38 inches of rear legroom. Those figures make it more spacious than the Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Volkswagen Taos, and Toyota Corolla Cross.
Cargo capacity in the Hornet is equally as impressive. The SUV offers up to 27 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in place and 54.7 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. The Hornet PHEV has less cargo space with 22.9 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 50.5 cubic feet of total cargo space.
The 2023 Hornet comes with a long list of standard safety features. Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are standard.
The available Tech Pack without Parallel & Perp Park Assist brings adaptive cruise control, lane-centering assist, a driver attention monitor, a surround-view parking camera, front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, and reverse automatic emergency braking. The package costs $2,245.
All Hornet models come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as standard. These are some of the largest screens available in the subcompact segment. The SUV features Dodge’s latest Uconnect 5 infotainment system that includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other standard features include dual front USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and six audio speakers.
Higher trim levels add navigation, a Harman Karon audio system, and a wireless charging pad.
2023 Dodge Hornet GT – MSRP From $31,590
The base GT trim comes with 17-inch wheels, heated exterior power-folding mirrors, six-way manually adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, power windows, keyless entry, push-button start, and LED daytime running lights.
The $495 Cold Weather Group package adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a remote start. The available GT Blacktop Package adds dark badges, 18-inch wheels, black trim, and black mirror caps. It’s priced at $1,995.
The Track Package costs $2,995 and includes Alcantara seats, 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, bright pedals, adaptive suspension, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and aluminum door sills.
2023 Dodge Hornet GT Plus – MSRP From $36,590
The GT Plus trim commands an extra $4,900 over the GT trim and adds LED automatic headlights, LED fog lights, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, a power liftgate, a wireless charging pad, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats.
The GT Plus shares the same optional packages as the GT trim.
2023 Dodge Hornet R/T – MSRP From $41,590
Getting the plug-in hybrid powertrain is the largest draw with the R/T trim. Additionally, it comes with 18-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, a dual-exhaust system, Sport Mode, three hybrid drive modes, and steering-mounted paddle shifters. We expect the R/T to be available with all of the same features as the GT.
2023 Dodge Hornet R/T Plus – MSRP From $46,590
The range-topping R/T plus trim combines all of the features from the GT Plus and adds the plug-in hybrid powertrain into the mix.
Compare Hornet Trims Side-By-Side
Pricing for the 2023 Dodge Hornet can get out of hand when it’s fully equipped. While the plug-in hybrid powertrain brings extra performance and some all-electric range, it’s a pricey upgrade. With all of this in mind, we’d stick to the well-equipped GT trim and add the Cold Weather Group package. The Hornet comes with a lot of impressive features and the base turbo engine provides plenty of performance.