The 2023 Dodge Hornet R/T Plus PHEV (Plug-in electric vehicle) is a muscle-bound small SUV with a plug. The all-new small SUV is based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale. It offers two turbocharged engines, with the upgrade being a plug-in hybrid engine option. Dodge calls the Hornet its first compact crossover SUV.
The standard Hornet packs 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, R/T Plus – 1.3L engine / Plug-in hybrid Hybrid system net power output – 288 hp. / 383 lb-ft With over 30 miles of electric-only driving range. Charging time on a level 2 charger is around two and a half hours. 6-speed automatic transmission Standard All-wheel 0-60 MPH is 6.1 seconds Towing capacity 2,000 lbs—premium unleaded gas Four-wheel independent suspension 18” painted alloy wheels Drives like an Alfa Tonale.
7 exterior colors / 3 interior colors.
Blacktop Package: Gloss Black painted mirror caps, Dark “Hornet” badge, Dark GT badge, Gloss Black painted side window moldings, 18-inch x 7.5-inch Abyss Finish wheels, 225/55R18 all-season tires – $1595.
Tech Pack: Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA), Active Driving Assist system, Surround-View Camera system, Drowsy Driver Detection, ParkSense Front/Rear/Side Park Assist – $2,245.
Track Pack: Black Alcantara seats with Red accents, aluminum door sills, sport leather steering wheel, dual-mode suspension, bright pedal, red painted Dodge calipers, 20-inch × 8.0-inch Abyss Finish wheels, 235/40R20 all-season tires – $2595.
Warranty – 3 yr./ 36,000 mi. Price starts at $30,735 R/T Plus starts at $45,935 As tested – $52,305.
Available plug-in-hybrid powertrain, and peppy acceleration from both models, the standard features list is fairly generous.
Rear passengers will feel squeezed, the cargo bay isn’t as roomy as rival SUVs.
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