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Dodge has kept its lineup relatively simple since its split with Ram in 2009. This has allowed Dodge to finetune its popular SUV, the Durango, and improve legendary speed demons like the Challenger and Charger. It's also left many wondering about Dodge's plans for expanding its fleet, a question the automaker excitedly answers with the all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet.
The Hornet marks Dodge's return to the crossover market and, in true Dodge fashion, celebrates the occasion as the fastest and most powerful SUV priced under $30,000. It also makes history as the first model in the Dodge lineup to offer a hybrid powertrain, more proof that drivers can have it all with the Dodge name. But what else makes the Hornet so remarkable?
Dodge markets the Hornet as the most technologically advanced model in the fleet. Its best-in-class standard features give it a distinct advantage and range from exclusive Koni shocks and Brembo brakes to over 22 inches of digital displays in the cockpit. In addition, the award-winning Uconnect 5 infotainment system adds to the Hornet's appeal, outfitting the speed-hungry SUV with wireless smartphone integration, Amazon Alexa, and an array of in-vehicle apps.
The Hornet's features don't stop there, especially with models like the Hornet R/T. Dubbed the "Head of the Hive," the Hornet R/T boasts a plug-in hybrid powertrain that launches the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds for a thrilling ride. Its hybrid driving modes let you harness this power to fully enjoy the capability that comes from the Dodge name.
Are you intrigued? There's even more to the new Hornet than the R/T, and it's time to find out what that "more" looks like in Dodge's latest addition. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming 2023 Hornet, a powerhouse SUV with a penchant for speed and adventure.
The 2023 Hornet reflects Dodge's signature design with a muscular aesthetic that stretches inside and out. The Hornet's sharp profile reflects its aggressive stance and its focus on performance and athleticism. Its muscular body lines enhance the design, with the mail-slot front grille and hood with the integrated heat extractors complementing the look.
The Hornet's headlights are unmistakably Dodge in their design and give the SUV another likeness to the rest of the Dodge family. This likeness continues to the rear of the vehicle, where the taillamp extends across the back and features an illuminated Dodge Rhombi logo, a first for Dodge and a detail that makes the Hornet immediately identifiable. The Hornet's exterior badging adds to its distinction, specifically the fender badging that celebrates the Hornet name that first debuted in the 1950s on the Hudson Hornet.
As a performance-inspired SUV, Dodge ensures drivers have plenty of options to customize the Hornet. This customization looks different depending on the trim. For example, the R/T and GT offer a Blacktop Package that transforms the SUV into a "Murder Hornet" with a stealthy aesthetic courtesy of Gloss Black badging and 18-inch Abyss alloy wheels. The Track Pack is another option and gives the SUV its speed-hungry demeanor by outfitting it with 20-inch wheels and other performance features.
The Hornet's interior is just as impressive and showcases Dodge's keen attention to detail. The driver-focused design features expansive digital displays that offer intuitive technology to keep the driver connected and informed. The modern technology is complemented by the Hornet's red stitching accents, a bold contrast to the black interior that gives the Hornet a genuine performance feel. In addition, class-exclusive Alcantara seating and available leather seating options add to the SUV's allure and give drivers unique ways to customize the Hornet to their style and comfort needs.
The 2023 Hornet is the fastest and most powerful compact utility vehicle under $30,000. But how does Dodge accomplish this feat? By doing what it does best and equipping the Hornet with two exceptional powertrains, dynamic driving features, and a host of performance-focused components that disrupt the segment.
With its focus on performance, the Hornet comes out of the gate full throttle with dynamic driving features that set new standards of excellence. The class-exclusive Koni shocks, standard on the Hornet R/T and GT, improve handling and ride comfort, while the class-exclusive Brembo four-piston front fixed calipers give the Hornet its ultimate stopping power. Dodge doesn't stop there and equips the R/T with a class-exclusive brake-by-wire Intelligent Braking System, a best-in-class front and rear independent suspension, and best-in-class dynamic torque vectoring responsible for the Hornet's engaging driving experience.
These class-exclusive driving components are only part of the package. The Hornet's heartbeat completes the ensemble and gives the road warrior its status as a speed demon. That heartbeat comes in two varieties: the gas-powered Hurricane4 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder and a hybrid powertrain that marks a first for the Dodge lineup. So, which is better? It all depends on who you ask.
The Hornet GT is the fastest utility vehicle under $30,000 because of the turbocharged 2.0L turbocharged engine under its hood. The powerplant is the most powerful gas engine in the segment, churning out over 265 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque for exceptional off-the-line acceleration. Switching the GT into Sport Mode lets you harness this power, optimizing upshifts and tightening the steering to launch the SUV from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The Hornet R/T takes a different approach and makes its debut as the first-ever electrified performance vehicle in the Dodge lineup. Also set to be the most powerful SUV in its segment, the plug-in hybrid Hornet relies on a 1.3L turbocharged engine that features exclusive third-generation MultiAir technology renowned for blending efficiency and performance. The engine is paired with a 90 kW electric motor and a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that gives the R/T an estimated all-electric range of over 30 miles and a total power output of 285 hp and 383 lb-ft of near-instant torque.
More power is always in demand, and Dodge answers that need with the R/T's class-exclusive on-demand PowerShot feature. The technology gives the Hornet a burst of 25 more horsepower on demand––simply pull back on both paddle shifters and hit the gas. This translates to an even faster launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.
The 2023 Hornet marks a new chapter in Dodge's history by offering the brand's most technologically advanced experience ever. This experience starts with the Hornet's modern cockpit, which reflects Dodge's commitment to a driver-centric design. From the driver's seat, you'll find a best-in-class 12.3-inch digital cockpit cluster that comes standard across the lineup. The customizable display gives the driver three information zones that can be tailored to the driver's preferences using different design themes like Evolved and Sport.
The Hornet's digital driver display is paired with the 10.25-inch center display that completes the SUV's 22.5 inches of digital screens. The center display is home to the award-winning Uconnect 5 infotainment system that provides seamless access to your smartphone with its Android-based layout. Like the digital cockpit display, you can customize the Uconnect 5 display to include your favorite home screen layout, HVAC controls, seat positions, and music preferences by creating individual profiles for each driver. Even more impressive is that the system allows you to wirelessly sync two phones simultaneously via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay integration.
Dodge adds to the Hornet's innovative technology by outfitting the SUV with Amazon Alexa, a virtual assistant that can stream music, close your garage door, start the engine, lock and unlock the doors, and more with simple voice commands. The premium Harmon-Kardon sound system is integral to features like Alexa and your in-vehicle entertainment, with 14 speakers throughout the SUV delivering an immersive experience to every seat in the cabin. The sound system makes listening to your favorite music or podcast more enjoyable than you ever imagined.
Beyond entertainment and connectivity features, the Hornet's technology also incorporates an impressive suite of advanced new driver-assist features. These standard features include tools like Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Path Alert, and a Lane Support System. Dodge adds to the Hornet's appeal by offering Level 2 autonomous driving with the available Tech Pack. This package outfits the SUV with Driver Attention Assist, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Speed Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition, and Lateral Control/Lane Support, which combines Lane Control with Traffic Jam Assist for optimal safety and handling.