The 2023 Dodge Hornet

Dodge has made a massive impact in recent years, reviving older nameplates like the Charger and Challenger for a new generation, and with great success. These were storied nameplates, and they revived them with similar vehicles.

With the brand new 2023 Dodge Hornet, Dodge is taking off in an entirely different direction. Reviving a name they inherited from their purchase of AMC, who inherited it when they purchased Hudson, they’re putting a venerated name on an inventive new vehicle. A high-powered, performance-oriented compact utility vehicle (CUV), the Hornet is here to bring some new buzz to a segment that is often a bit boring!

Performance Features

Two powertrains are available in the 2023 Dodge Hornet, both of which rocket the compact utility vehicle off the line faster than any other vehicle in the segment. The foundational GT models will feature a new Hurricane4 turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. With a nine-speed automatic transmission, the GT version is available with your choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Generating 265 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, it is confident on the open road. Sport Mode – triggered by a steering-wheel-mounted button – lets you get up to 60 MPH from a standing start in only 6.5 seconds.

The second powertrain option is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the first-ever electrified performance Dodge! The R/T trim features a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a 90-kW motor powered by a 12.0-kWh battery pack that can be charged fully in only two and a half hours. Coupled with a six-speed transmission, and standard all-wheel drive, the system turns out 285 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque while offering 30 miles of all-electric range. With the PowerShot feature that maximizes horsepower using the battery and electric motor, this version can hit 60 MPH in around 5.5 seconds, blisteringly fast.

2023 Dodge Hornet at Carolina CDJR | Front view of a blue 2023 Dodge Hornet

2023 Dodge Hornet at Carolina CDJR | Close up of black wheel and red brakes for a blue 2023 Dodge Hornet
Style and Technology

With a sleeper look on the outside, picking the 2023 Dodge Hornet out as a performance vehicle is going to be hard to do. It fits in well with the CUV segment, including a low-slung roof and a sloping rear hatch.

Geared around the performance aspect of the vehicle, the interior of the 2023 Hornet is laid out with solid ergonomics, and great flexibility. Seating for five plus 27.0 cubic feet can be shifted to optimize cargo space – sacrifice that back seat for a maximum of 54.7 cubic feet of space.

Dodge’s Uconnect 5 system is at the heart of the infotainment features in the Hornet. A 10.3-inch infotainment screen, the largest standard screen in the class, is featured on the dash. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa are all integrated, and Bluetooth HandsFree and wireless Streaming Audio are standard across the line-up. USB ports are provided for the front row, and QI-compatible charging is offered at higher trim levels. The base audio system features four speakers but can be upgraded to a 465-watt, 14-speaker Harman-Kardon premium audio system.


Modern vehicles offer plenty of safety and driver assistance systems, and the 2023 Dodge Hornet is no different. Standard safety technology included automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, traffic sign recognition, and driver attention monitoring are all available as part of the available Tech package.

Trim Levels

Four trim levels are offered on the introductory 2023 Dodge Hornet, although further models are likely in the coming years.

The base GT trim features a black cloth interior with seating for five, featuring unique red stitching throughout. Remote keyless entry makes it easy to get in and out, while the heated exterior mirror clears off ice and snow in the cold weather. The multi-function steering wheel is tilt and telescoping, with optional heating as part of the package. Front-wheel drive is standard, with optional all-wheel drive. The optional Track package brings black faux-suede upholstery with it, along with 20-inch wheels outside.

On the base R/T trim, pretty much all of the comforts and conveniences are the same as the base GT trim. All-wheel-drive is standard, as is the PHEV powertrain. R/T badging is featured across the exterior, with unique body cladding and wheels included. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is optional.

GT Plus models get a step up from the base level with the Harman-Kardon premium audio system with 14 speakers standard. The upgraded audio system comes with navigation featuring real-time traffic info. It also gets Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging. A power liftgate makes life better for drivers who need to load and unload easily. Driver and passengers are treated to synthetic leather upholstery, again in black with red stitching. The heated steering wheel is standard on this trim.

Just like with the R/T trim, the R/T Plus trim is almost purely an engine swap of the GT Plus. Like the R/T, it is all-wheel-drive-only, and features the PHEV powertrain. Red leather is available, to give the R/T Plus a really unique feel in the interior.

2023 Dodge Hornet at Carolina CDJR | Rear view of a blue 2023 Dodge Hornet with its tail lights on

Want to Learn more?

The 2023 Dodge Hornet aims to revolutionize the CUV segment, and it clearly succeeds! Offering blistering performance coupled with common-sense capabilities, capped off with the latest in tech, it’s a thrilling choice for the modern compact utility buyer. Check one out today! Contact us at Carolina CDJR in Elizabeth City, NC to schedule your test drive today!