Dodge added an all-new compact crossover to its lineup for 2023: the Hornet. The Hornet has smaller dimensions than Dodge’s larger Durango and features an optional plug-in hybrid powertrain that offers an all-electric driving range. The Hornet’s interior offers hints of Dodge’s muscle car traditions combined with a modern infotainment system. We at Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram (CJDR) Plano took a closer look at the all-new Hornet to point out some of its highlights for you. Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’d like to take one for a test drive or get the purchase process started.
Dodge Hornet: Engine and Fuel Economy
The base engine in the Hornet is a standard gas-powered unit that can achieve 268 horsepower. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Hornet GT also provides 21 mpg on city roads and 29 mpg at highway speeds. The R/T includes a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which consists of a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that combine to put out 288 horsepower and offer a decent all-electric driving range.
Thanks to its optional all-wheel drive, the Hornet can handle a gravel or dirt track. However, it’s not really equipped for more serious off-roading challenges. With its towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, the Hornet can also easily manage to tow a teardrop or pop-up camper at the rear.
Dodge Hornet: Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Hornet’s two rows of seating can accommodate up to five people. Adults can comfortably sit in both rows, and you’ll find equipment for installing kids’ seating in the second row. The cabin has a black and red theme with silver accents. The base trim features cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, but you can add more upscale features, such as leather upholstery and heated seats if you opt for a higher trim.
The amount of cargo storage available to you will depend on your powertrain choice. The Hornet GT models offer the most cargo capacity, with 27 cubic feet behind the second row and over 54 cubic feet with the rear row folded flat. These numbers drop to 22 cubic feet and 50 cubic feet, respectively, in the R/T due to the location of the battery pack behind the second row. In both cases, however, you should have enough room to carry a large load of groceries or a few pieces of luggage for a short camping expedition or road trip.
Dodge Hornet: Infotainment and Safety Tech
Dodge provides the all-new Hornet with a very modern infotainment system. You can access all the main features via its 10.25-inch touch screen and enjoy high-quality audio through a six-speaker stereo in the base setup. You can also connect your phone using wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and other connectivity options such as Bluetooth and USB ports also come standard. The Wi-Fi hotspot can help you stay connected to the outside world wherever you go.
If you opt for one of the higher trims, you can add a premium 14-speaker stereo in the cabin. Other optional features include a navigation system to direct you to your next destination and wireless device charging so you can easily replenish your phone’s battery while you’re on the go.
Dodge is equally generous with the standard safety features in its new crossover. You’ll benefit from forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian and cyclist detection to help you avoid accidents. The stop-and-go adaptive cruise control feature adjusts your speed automatically to ensure you maintain a safe distance from other motorists on the road. Additional helpful touches include rain-sensing windshield wipers and traffic sign recognition, which gives you important notifications about speed limits and other rules.
The optional active driving assistant can offer partially automated driving on certain stretches of highway. You can also add a driver attention monitor so you know when it’s time to take a break, as well as a surround-view parking camera, which gives you an aerial view of your Hornet to help you maneuver into a tight spot. In addition, you can upgrade to features such as reverse collision warning and rear emergency braking.
Trims and Pricing for the 2023 Dodge Hornet
There are four trim options available if you’re considering the 2023 Hornet: GT, GT Plus, R/T, and R/T Plus. The GT trims were released for the 2023 model year, but the R/T trims are only due to hit our showroom later this year as early releases for the 2024 model year. The base GT trim has an MSRP of $29,995. You may find better prices for a Hornet by consulting our Dodge incentives page, which includes deals from the automaker and local offers exclusive to our dealership.
If you upgrade to the GT Plus trim, you gain leather upholstery, ventilated and power-adjustable front seats, and memory settings for the driver’s seat. On the infotainment side, you get the 14-speaker stereo, wireless device charging, and voice recognition. The R/T trims boast many of the same interior features but add the more powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain. You’ll also have access to three hybrid driving modes, including one that helps preserve your battery life.
The GT trims offer several packages that’ll give you certain styling and performance adjustments. For example, the Track Pack package gets you improved suspension, Brembo brake calipers, and aggressive exterior styling features to make your ride feel like it’s ready to race. The Black Top package is a great choice if you’d like unique gloss black exterior accents on your Hornet. The Tech Pack package includes a semi-automated driving system and several extra safety features.
Ready To Purchase a Hornet From Huffines CJDR Plano?
We’re offering the latest edition to Dodge’s lineup at our Huffines Plano showroom in Plano, Texas. You can browse our selection of trims, ask about our auto financing options, and take a Hornet for a test drive to get a feel for its performance. Our sales experts are on hand to advise you about any aspect of the car, from its infotainment system to its engine options and optional upgrade packages. We’d be happy to talk to you either in person or on the phone today to assist you through the process of purchasing an all-new Hornet.