Dodge, actively looking to return to the small SUV market, presents the 2023 Hornet. Much smaller and more fuel efficient than the bulky Dodge Durango, the Hornet is fast and powerful for a compact utility vehicle. Unlike the Dodge Journey, which didn’t make it to 2020, the Hornet stands out. To make up for past mistakes, Dodge switches completely.
A sleek, fast and exciting vehicle. The Hornet seems poised to make up for past failures like the Journey. Dodge will offer the Hornet in different models and price ranges. One thing’s for sure, the Hornet looks poised to take Dodge to the top of the compact utility vehicle class. Here are 10 things we already know about the 2023 Dodge Hornet.
10/10 The estimated price range
Depending on the model you are looking for, the price range of the Hornet varies. All models of the Hornet will cost anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000. The base model, the Hornet SXT, starts at about $30,000. On the other end of the spectrum, the top model, the Hornet Citadel, tops out at around $40,000.
Compared to other vehicles in its class, we expect the Hornet to be quite competitive in sales. Open for orders in August, Dodge expects the GT to hit dealer showrooms in late 2022. Other more expensive models will arrive later in 2023.
9/10 There will be 5 different models available
We know that Dodge will release five different models, including the SXT and the Citadel. In addition, there are the GT, R/T and GT Plus models. Five different models are sure to have a lot to offer for everyone, whether you’re looking for the economy option or the high-end. The hybrid option, the R/T, adds another element to Dodge’s comeback in the CUV.
Five different options give drivers many factors to consider when purchasing the Hornet. The bright side of that is that there will be options to suit everyone’s taste. If you’re looking for some power in the Hornet, look no further than the GT.
8/10 The GT comes with 265 horsepower
The GT model packs quite a punch with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and 265 horses. Priced at around $32,000, the GT model is a nice option for someone who likes a little more power. Direct fuel injection and engine stop-start technology combine to deliver dynamic performance and low emissions.
If that’s not enough power for you, you’re in luck. The GT comes with a sport mode, a quick push of the switch on the steering wheel and the driver can tap into extra power. This feature helps the GT go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds.
7/10 The hybrid option comes with 30 miles of electric driving
Currently there are no plug-in hybrid options in the CUV category. Another big plus for Dodge, expanding their market and creating more options for more customers. Drivers have three different modes to choose from in the hybrid department. Hybrid mode, electric mode and E-Save mode.
The hybrid option ensures maximum combined efficiency from both the engine and the e-motor. Minimize fuel consumption and prioritize electricity. Electric mode goes all-electric with a zero-emissions mode and switches to hybrid when it needs more power, via the driver’s pedal. The third option is the E-Save mode which gives priority to the conventional engine with an option to help charge the battery.
6/10 Each model comes with a 10.3-inch touchscreen
The 10.3-inch infotainment screen comes standard on all models, angled slightly towards the driver. In addition, a 12.3-inch digital display using the Uconnect 5 system. The Uconnect 5 system is already in use in models such as the Ram 1500 and the Chrysler Pacifica.
The Hornet’s infotainment system is also compatible with Amazon’s Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Alexa. The GT Plus and R/T models come with an additional 14-speaker Harmon/Kardon stereo and wireless smartphone charging pad.
5/10 The fastest and most powerful commercial vehicle under 30K
According to Dodge, the “entry-level Dodge Hornet GT model is the fastest and most powerful commercial vehicle under 30,000”. Dodge loaded the GT with the Hurricane4 engine, with over 265 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft of torque. The GT model caters to the need for speed for those drivers who like to hear the engine purr.
Clearly Dodge is not taking any chances, they want to break back into the small SUV field and they want to lead the way. The Hornet shakes things up with its signature Dodge combination of muscular styling around best-in-class standard performance.
4/10 Has similarities with the Alfa Romeo Tonale
You may notice some similarities between the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the new Hornet. That’s because they’re not that distant relatives under the same blanket of ownership. Production of the 2023 Hornet GT will take place in Naples, Italy. Dodging to look to the Italians for some style isn’t a bad idea if you ask most people.
If you look at them side by side, you can easily see the similarities. The interior becomes more of the same and scores more style points with the Italians. Relatively simple but quite stylish, the Hornet’s interior is sure to win the favor of future owners.
3/10 The Hornet has 7 different exterior shades
The all-new Hornet comes in 7 different exterior colors. Again, Dodge wants to give purchases many options with the goal of keeping every audience happy. The 7 different shades are unique color names ranging from Acapulco Gold to 8 Ball. Avoid opting for a more exotic look to keep the trend of the futuristic going.
Modern colors are in and the classics of the past are disappearing. Some other colors not mentioned are Blue Bayou, Blue Steele, Gray Cray, Hot Tamale, and Q Ball. Interesting color names for an interesting car. In today’s market, car companies are always looking for an edge, no matter how small. Choosing unique colors is just one more way Dodge looks to stand out from the pack.
2/10 The Hornet R/T PHEV comes with the PowerShot function
You may be wondering what exactly a “PowerShot” is. So the PowerShot is a feature of the Hornet R/T that allows drivers to engage a 15-second boost by pulling both paddle shifters. And what exactly does the 15-second boost provide? 15 seconds from 25HP.
The PowerShot is yet another feature that gives the driver much more power behind the wheel. The boost extends the normal 265 hp above 285 hp. This boost also shortens the timing from 0 to 60 mph. When a driver engages the PowerShot, the 0 to 60 mph time drops by about half a second. Another feature to remove the need for speed.
1/10 The best and exclusive features of the Hornet
Dodge claims they are “upsetting the status quo of the CUV segment.” How can you ask? “A swarm of class-exclusive and best-in-class performance features.” Dodge has best-in-class front and rear independent suspension. It features an optimized MacPherson front axle and a three-link Chapman suspension at the rear. The Hornet also features best-in-class dynamic torque vectoring and best-in-class weight distribution (R/T Phev model).
Some class-exclusive features include Koni frequency-selective damping shocks, which improve the vehicle’s handling characteristics. The four-piston fixed front calipers provide the “ultimate stopping power”. Finally, the Hornet offers class-exclusive brake-by-wire intelligent braking. This technology is intended to provide reliability in a variety of conditions and terrains.