With the launch of the all-new Hornet, Dodge has re-entered the hotly contested compact SUV market. It also happens to be the brand’s first new model in more than a decade. For these reasons and more, there’s a lot riding on the Hornet’s success.
To stand out in a crowded field dominated by established stalwarts including the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, Dodge has taken a different approach. Rather than focusing solely on typical category attributes such as fuel economy or cargo room, the brand is going for performance. The first indication of this is in the Hornet’s two available trims: GT and R/T. The GT and R/T badges are familiar to fans of Dodge performance models, and both come packed with more power than competitors. They also offer responsive steering and competent handling.
To be sure, the Hornet has also been designed to appeal to traditional buyers in the class, as Joe Bruzek observed during a recent media event to introduce the division’s latest model. Click the link above to get all the details in Bruzek’s complete, expert review; read on for an overview of five things we like about the new 2023-24 Dodge Hornet and four things we don’t.