Dodge Hornet - 2 Minute Review

Published August 1, 2023 by Elizabeth Jeneault

Everybody knows the Durango. This Hornet is much smaller, but it does still pack a mighty punch. For a compact SUV, the Hornet is quick and fun to drive. You have this gasoline GT, or a plug-in hybrid R/T that also makes 32 miles of all-electric range. The Hornet is also a big deal because this is the first new Dodge in a long time. 


The exterior is sporty, yet subtle. And to me, the H badge and that Hornet bee icon stand out as they’re new. And then, you have the integrated heat extractors on the hood that hint at the SUV’s sporty performance.


Inside, every Dodge Hornet has over 22.5” of combined display screen space to enjoy. You can also opt for the Plus version of either powertrain to get full leather seating, a sunroof, advanced audio system, and more luxurious features. 


This GT makes 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder! All-wheel drive is standard, as it it with the plug-in hybrid. The R/T uses a 1.3L turbo engine with an electric motor at the rear. You can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds with the PowerShot feature. There’s lots of standard safety features, including a standard backup camera with four rear parking sensors. 


And Dodge tried its best to make this SUV under $30,000, which is impressive considering all that you get! 


Recap and rating time now of this Dodge Hornet!


Exterior is nice, 8. Interior has a lot as standard, but I wish there was a standard sunroof, 8.5. Performance is impressive considering not many small SUVs pack this punch, 9. Fuel economy aligns with performance, 7.5. And overall value I’ll rate an 8.5 as you do get a lot, but the fancier features and plug-in hybrid will set you back more in price. That results in an deal score of 83/100. 


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