The 2023 Dodge Hornet RT will allow it to renter the compact crossover market. Dodge has decided to share a platform with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, a relative of its unloved Caliber, rather than respawning a Jeep Compass, as it did with the Caliber. The R/T model is a plug-in hybrid with 285 horsepower and more than 30 miles of electric driving, as opposed to the regular system with an all-wheel drive, 265-hp turbocharged four-cylinder.
The Hornet won’t just have Dodge’s first hybrid powertrain; it’ll also have the most cutting-edge technologies available in the brand’s range, such as a digital gauge display, Uconnect 5 infotainment, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian- and cyclist-detection. GT’s non-hybrid by the end of 2022, with the R/T PHEV versions following shortly after in the early days of 2023.
2023 Dodge Hornet RT Price
|USA||Hornet GT- $30,000 |
Hornet RT- $40,000
|Canada||The standard model costs $37,995, while the GT Plus costs $43,995.|
2023 Dodge Hornet RT Specification
|Model||2023 Dodge Hornet|
|Engine||1.3 Hybrid /2.0-Liter Inline-4|
|Power Output||265 – 285 HP|
|Torque||295 – 383 LB-FT|
|Transmission||9-Speed Auto / 6-Speed Auto|
2023 Dodge Hornet RT Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other
The 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine in Hornet GT variants produces 265 horsepower and is mated to a nine-speed automated transmission. Dodge claims that the Hornet’s all-wheel drive system, which is an optional feature, can propel the vehicle from zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. The R/T model is Dodge’s first plug-in hybrid, and it generates 285 horsepower thanks to a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that has been turbocharged and an electric motor working in tandem.
The R/T receives a six-speed automatic in place of the GT’s nine-speed automatic, although all-wheel drive is still standard. Pulling both paddle shifters engages a feature called PowerShot that allows the powertrain to temporarily increase output by 25 horsepower. Dodge claims that when the PowerShot mode is used, the R/T PHEV has a 6.1-second 0-60 mph time. We’ll update this article when we have the opportunity to put these claims to the test and report on the Hornet’s performance outcomes and driving impressions.
2023 Dodge Hornet RT Battery Life, Charging, and Range
The 12.0 kWh battery pack included with the plug-in hybrid R/T model, according to Dodge, allows for more than 30 miles of electric driving on a single charge. A level 2 charger typically takes two and a half hours to fully charge a device.
2023 Dodge Hornet RT Fuel Efficiency and Actual MPG
Although the EPA hasn’t yet provided estimates for any Hornet model, we anticipate the R/T PHEV variant to be the most economical. When we have an opportunity, we’ll test the Hornet’s fuel efficiency on our 75-mph interstate trip and report back here.
2023 Dodge Hornet RT Interior
We anticipate the inside to be spacious for passengers in the front seats and constrained for those in the back, based on our first test drive of the Hornet’s Italian cousin, the Alfa Romeo Tonale. A long shift lever for the automatic transmission is located in the center console, and the main controls and infotainment system are canted slightly toward the driver. The interior appearance is similar to that of the Tonale.
The Alfa Romeo-style steering wheel that the Hornet also utilizes has a Dodge badge in the center and an ignition switch built into the left spoke. The GT Plus and R/T Plus trims come standard with black upholstery with red stitching; those ordered with the extra Track package receive faux suede. Additionally available is a red leather inside option.
Connectivity and Information
An infotainment touchscreen measuring 10.3 inches and a digital gauge display of 12.3 inches are standard on all versions. The current Uconnect 5 system, which is used on other Stellantis cars like the Ram 1500 pickup truck and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, serves as the software interface. The ability to link to Amazon Alexa as well as wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are included as standard features. A wireless smartphone charging pad is also added when upgrading to the GT Plus or R/T Plus, which replaces the standard system with a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon sound.
Driver-Assistance and Safety Features
The Hornet comes with a plethora of standard driver-assistance functions, including autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection. Blind-spot detection and rear parking are also included in all versions. Adaptive cruise control and lane centering are two features that the additional Tech package includes. Visit the National Highway Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Traffic Safety (IIHS) websites to learn more about the crash-test results for the Hornet. Some essential safety attributes are:
- Pedestrian and cyclist recognition in standard autonomous emergency braking
- Typical lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assistance
- There is lane-centering adaptive cruise control available.