Dodge Introduces an Energetic Hybrid To Its 2024 Hornet Plug-In Hybrid EV.

Tom Crosby
| January 19, 2024 | 4 Minute Read
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First introduced as a gas-powered Compact Utility Vehicle in 2023, the 2024 Dodge Hornet now offers two hybrid plug-in trims, as Dodge bids farewell to its iconic gas muscle cars and makes its entry into the growing (electric vehicle) EV market. Competing with the Hyundai Kona, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30 and Honda HR-V, the Hornet brings forth "a new breed of Dodge", temporarily bidding adieu to the Challenger and Charger, with a possibility of their return as EVs in the future.

Price point

The tested model, the 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T Plus, was equipped with the top trim. With its Grey Clay paint cover, distinct high wheel arches, 20-inch all-season tires, and sleek black wheels featuring red Brembo brakes, our Hornet R/T Plus received positive feedback from passersby. The total cost for the Blacktop Package, Tech Pack, Track Pack, and paint options is $5,815 after a $1,030 discount for bundling. However, due to the manufacturing plant's location in Italy, the Hornet hybrid will not qualify for any U.S. federal tax credits and will only be available for purchase in the United States.

New upgrades

The Dodge Hornet offers a range of vibrant paint options, including Acapulco Gold, Blu Bayou, Hot Tamale, Blue Steele, 8 Ball (black) and Q Ball (white).

Under the hood of the 2024 Dodge Hornet lies a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, accompanied by a 15.5-kWh lithium-ion battery. This powerful combination delivers over 30 miles of electric-only range when fully charged. Whether you prefer the convenience of a six-speed automatic transmission or the exhilaration of manual paddles, the choice is yours.

With a remarkable horsepower of 288 and torque of 383 ft. lbs., the Dodge Hornet is a force to be reckoned with. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.5 seconds, all while running on premium gasoline. Not to mention the PowerShot, an exclusive feature of the Dodge hybrid, that adds an extra punch to your driving experience.

Safety ratings

The handling of the car is highly responsive, delivering a sporty ride with excellent road feedback, akin to that of a top-notch sports car. Notably, it comes equipped with a range of standard driver-aid safety features, including emergency braking for pedestrians and cyclists, parking sensors, and blind spot monitoring.

Car options

The Dodge Hornet showcased sleek black cloth and suede upholstery, accentuated by red stitching and red dots. The dashboard controls were conveniently positioned and user-friendly, while the black plastic elements complemented the overall aesthetic. Furthermore, the doors featured small knick-knack cubbies for added convenience.

Equipped with a 12.3-inch digital display and a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, the Hornet boasted Dodge's Uconnect 5 system. This advanced system provided seamless access to standard phone apps, Amazon Alexa, voice recognition, navigation, and more.

While the front of the Hornet cabin offered ample space, the rear seats were somewhat cramped, and the cargo area was modestly sized.

On the exterior of the vehicle, you'll find the beautifully designed and streamlined Hornet, a two-row, five-passenger vehicle. It showcases a black upper front and lower grille that tilts inward, along with cooling air dams on the sides.

When charging with a level 2 charger, it takes approximately two and a half hours to achieve a full charge.

Keep in mind that the Hornet GT and GT Plus trims are exclusively available with gasoline engines.

Overall review

The 2024 Dodge Hornet is a compelling debut in the EV market, blending muscle car dynamics with modern hybrid technology. While it lacks U.S. federal tax credits due to its Italian production and has somewhat cramped rear seating, it makes up for it with impressive power output, sporty handling, and unique features like the PowerShot. With vibrant paint options and sleek interior aesthetics, the Hornet offers a refreshing alternative in the Compact Utility Vehicle space. This new breed of Dodge combines performance, style, and sustainability, making it an attractive option for those seeking an adventurous, eco-friendly ride.

LIKES: Manual paddle shifters, impressive fuel efficiency, all-wheel drive capability, comfortable cabin, precise handling, exhilarating sporty ride, and quick acceleration.

DISLIKES: Lack of complimentary maintenance, spare tire, and sunroof. Limited space in the rear seating. Pricey.

BOTTOM LINE: This hybrid stands out with its attractive design and impressive speed. It offers a delightful driving experience that is hard to match in its segment.

Car fact file

Base price w/destination fee $46,590 (as tested $52,305)
Curb weight 4,205 lbs.
Wheelbase 103.8 inches
Length 178.3 inches
Width 82 inches w/mirrors
Engine specs 1.3-liter, turbocharged inline 3 with electric motors
Horsepower 288 hp combined
Torque 383 lb.-ft combined
Transmission 6-speed automatic/manual paddles
EPA Rating 29 mpg combined, with 11.2 gallons premium, 32 miles battery only
Range 324 miles combined
Performance 0-60 in under 6 seconds

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