Competes with: Alfa Romeo Tonale, Hyundai Kona N, Lexus UX, Mazda CX-30, Toyota RAV4 Prime
Looks like: The Alfa Romeo Tonale with Dodge-specific styling tweaks
Powertrains: 265-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with nine-speed automatic transmission (Hornet GT); “285-plus” hp (system), turbo 1.3-liter four-cylinder hybrid with six-speed automatic (R/T); standard all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Late 2022 (GT), spring 2023 (R/T)
The roster of small SUVs is rapidly expanding, but while most are designed to accommodate urban living or tight budgets, few are geared toward spirited driving — and even fewer combine performance leanings with an electrified powertrain. Enter the all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet, offering shoppers the choice of a gas-only turbocharged engine or a plug-in hybrid model and the promise of sportier driving dynamics from both.
The Hornet will be the first compact SUV and PHEV in Dodge’s current lineup, slotting below the mid-size Durango SUV. It takes after the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale revealed in February, sharing its underpinnings — as well as much of its exterior design and technology. (Alfa Romeo and Dodge are both sibling brands under parent automaker Stellantis.)