The 2023 Dodge Hornet is coming soon with a unique PHEV option

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Dodge Hornet

Though it’s discontinuing two muscle cars as we know them today, Dodge is resurrecting the Hornet nameplate, this time for use on a subcompact SUV. Following the release of its corporate cousin, the Alfa Romeo Tonale, Dodge finally took the wraps off the Hornet. Two main configurations will be available, with the gas-powered GT variant going on sale late in 2022 and the PHEV G/T model coming in spring 2023.

Dodge Hornet

The Hornet GT comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 265 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Dodge offers dual-stage-valve shocks that change stiffness with the selected drive mode. When equipped, they help the SUV achieve a 6.5-second 0-60 mph time.

The Hornet R/T comes with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that includes a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine and a 90-kW electric motor on the rear axle. The system produces a combined 285 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, which reaches all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. A temporary “PowerShot” feature cranks out an additional 25 horsepower from the electric motor, which cuts a full second off the SUV’s 0-60 mph time. The system works for 15 seconds and then requires a 15-second cooldown before additional use.

Dodge Hornet

Dodge equips every 2023 Hornet with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alerts, and a lane support system. A Level 2 autonomous driving assistant is available, along with adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a lane control system with traffic jam assist.

A large 10.25-inch touchscreen comes standard and combines with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for a total of 22.5 inches of screen. The touchscreen runs Uconnect 5, Stellantis’ latest infotainment interface. It’s now Android-based, which brings customizable layouts and the ability to pair two phones simultaneously. 

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