Dodge is betting on the appeal of its new 2023 Hornet, a subcompact SUV that’s based on the Alfa Romeo Tonale and offers a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. The ambitious pricing for the fully loaded Hornet, which starts at $53,000, aims to entice buyers looking for a premium subcompact SUV.
The Base Model Hornet GT
For those looking for a more affordable option, the base model Hornet GT starts at under $32,000 and is powered by a turbocharged inline-four that produces 265 horsepower. The Hornet GT comes standard with a 10.3-inch touchscreen, cloth seats, 17-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and more.
Buyers can opt for the GT Plus upgrade, which adds leather seats that are heated and cooled up front, a sunroof, a power liftgate, navigation, and more. Packages including the Track Pack, Blacktop Pack, and Tech Pack offer additional features and options for customization.
The Hornet R/T Plug-in Hybrid
The more powerful Hornet R/T boasts a 285-horsepower plug-in-hybrid drivetrain that can deliver an estimated 30 miles of electric driving. It starts at $41,590, which is only $3000 less than its Alfa Romeo Tonale sibling, which is only available as a plug-in hybrid.
The R/T Plus adds even more equipment and starts at $46,590. It is available with the same options and packages as the GT, allowing buyers to add extra features and push the price tag above $53,000.
Ordering and Availability
Dodge reports that orders are currently open for the Hornet GT, and the models will begin arriving at dealerships in early spring. The Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid will be available a few months later, and ordering information will be available at a later time.
In summary, the 2023 Hornet subcompact SUV offers two options for buyers with different budgets and powertrain preferences. While the fully loaded model’s price may seem ambitious, the Hornet’s Alfa Romeo-based design and plug-in hybrid powertrain may be enough to entice buyers looking for a premium subcompact SUV.