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Dodge Hornet 2024: A Breath of Youth

Dodge Hornet 2024

The Dodge lineup had remained frozen in time for several years with models aging, yet still cherished more than ever. The Stellantis division experienced a significant resurgence in popularity in recent years, making the introduction of a new model even more challenging. Especially when it comes to a vehicle that is significantly different from what brand enthusiasts have been accustomed to until now. In fact, it’s not the first time Dodge has attempted to shift towards a more compact and economical direction, but the American manufacturer never seemed to find a formula that worked.

 

Fortunately, things appear different with the Dodge Hornet, which has already seen a lot of success and impressed automotive journalists since its arrival in the market. In fact, some even believe it to be more interesting than its sibling, the Alfa Romeo Tonale. I tend to share this opinion as well. Nevertheless, it is essential to compare it to the rest of the Dodge lineup and, most importantly, to its direct competition before determining if it’s better than its sibling or not.

 

Of course, the Dodge Hornet is a product vastly different from the Durango, both in terms of style and concept. In fact, these two models have nothing in common, and that’s a good thing since it expands the manufacturer’s target audience and ventures into new territory. The Dodge Hornet is a modern, youthful, and dynamic product. It emphasizes balance and efficiency. It’s the first Dodge model capable of shining without having to play in the extremes, which is great news for the brand.

 

Range and Prices

 

The 2024 Dodge Hornet starts at a price of $41,465, which is clearly not within everyone’s budget. Fortunately, its standard equipment is impressive, and it compares to some luxury SUVs of a similar size. If you want a bit more, the GT version is available starting at $47,465. As for the PHEV version, the starting price is $59,287 for the R/T and $65,287 for the R/T Plus.

 

Category and Competition

 

The Dodge Hornet is a subcompact SUV, and I believe we all agree that the American manufacturer went a bit high on the pricing. Nevertheless, the experience that the Hornet provides is well worth its price.

 

Rivals: Chevrolet Trailblazer, Honda HR-V, Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, Kia Niro, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Mitsubishi RVR, Subaru Crosstrek, Toyota Corolla Cross, Volkswagen Taos.

 

Design and Technologies

 

Simply put the Dodge Hornet and the Alfa Romeo Tonale side by side, and you’ll see that they share substantially the same body. There are a few differences in the front end and bumpers, but for the most part, it’s the same shape, there’s no doubt about it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as this design appeals to both Dodge and Alfa Romeo surprisingly well. I must also mention that I really like the color choices that the Dodge Hornet offers.

 

The interior design comes directly from Alfa Romeo, and that’s a good thing. Thus, the Dodge Hornet is very elegant and stylish. Finally, the American manufacturer’s SUV doesn’t lack anything in terms of technology.

 

Performances

 

The Dodge Hornet offers two mechanical options, which, in my opinion, make it particularly interesting. First, there’s the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. This engine produces 268 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It’s more powerful than what you typically find in the average SUV in this category, and quite a bit more powerful at that. In fact, it’s comparable to what only the sport versions of other models offer. Suffice it to say that the American manufacturer’s SUV is a joy to drive. Moreover, the 9-speed automatic transmission paired with this engine is remarkably efficient. The Dodge Hornet is also only available with all-wheel drive.

 

For enthusiasts of electrified powertrains, the American manufacturer’s SUV has something to offer. The Dodge Hornet PHEV combines a 1.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total power output of 288 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The power can even be increased to 313 horsepower with the PowerShot function. Here, a 6-speed automatic transmission is used. According to Stellantis estimates, the Dodge Hornet PHEV is capable of traveling 53 kilometers in 100% electric mode. As for hybrid mode, it has an estimated fuel consumption of 8.1 L/100 km in the city and 8.1 L/100 km on the highway, which isn’t particularly impressive. However, just like the gasoline version, the Dodge Hornet PHEV offers a great driving experience. It’s up to you to decide if it justifies its higher-than-average fuel consumption.

 

Weak Points

 

Its price is very high, and the Dodge Hornet is even among the most expensive vehicles in its segment. The average consumption of the PHEV version is quite high.

 

Strengths

 

It’s a vehicle that turns heads wherever it goes. Its driving experience is dynamic, and its road behavior is highly predictable. The interior design is attractive, and the quality of finishing is impressive. The Dodge Hornet also features one of the most user-friendly multimedia systems on the market.

 

Signature Element

 

If the Hornet represents the future of the brand, then I believe we can say with certainty that Dodge is here to stay.

 

Closing Thoughts

 

The Dodge Hornet may be pricier than its rivals, but it has a clear advantage over the competition. The fact that it shares many elements with the Alfa Romeo Tonale makes it more of a luxury vehicle than a mainstream one. Thus, the experience it offers is more elevated and refined than what you would normally expect in this kind of vehicle.

 

Jean-S├ębastien Poudrier