2024 Dodge Hornet
Turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder
2024 Dodge Hornet GT trims are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that accelerates up to 268 horsepower and pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The R/T trim is Dodge’s first plug-in hybrid, and it is powered by a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor packing 288 horsepower. Instead of the nine-speed automatic from the GT, the R/T gets a six-speed automatic transmission but still comes standard with all-wheel drive. The powertrain can temporarily boost output by 30 horsepower via a feature called PowerShot activated by pulling both paddle shifters.
What’s new for 2024?
The Dodge Hornet SUV’s plug-in-hybrid R/T trim joins the lineup in the 2024 model year, complete with a 288-horsepower powertrain expected to provide over 30 miles of electric-only driving range. Being only its second model year on the market, no other significant changes to the Hornet lineup are expected for 2024.
The 2024 Dodge Hornet is not too different from the Alfa Romeo Tonale that parent company Stellantis sells separately. The exterior of the Hornet blends hatchback and crossover SUV outlines into a harmonious shape. It sits relatively tall in base trim, but it strikes a handsome balance between its design cues. The front fascia wears a look distinct from the Tonale: it has wraparound headlights that pin down a slim, wide grille that strikes the same chord as the large Durango SUV. A large lower air intake wears honeycomb texture and sits between forward-canted intakes that slit into the bumper. The midsection is compact, drawing attention to the vehicle’s rear roof pillar, which pinches upward in a gentle arc ahead of its tail, where a band of LED lights gets slimmer at its center.
The cabin of the 2024 Dodge Hornet is just as roomy as the one in the Tonale, which means it is spacious for front-seat riders. Interior styling is also similar to that of the Tonale, with the primary controls and infotainment system slightly canted toward the driver and a tall shift lever for the automatic transmission positioned on the center console. Moreover, the Hornet utilizes the same steering wheel as the Alfa Romeo, albeit with a Dodge logo in the center, featuring an integrated ignition switch beneath the left spoke. Black upholstery with red stitching is standard, but the GT Plus trim comes with leather. Those ordered with the optional Track package get faux-suede. An optional red leather interior option is also available.
All trims of the 2024 Dodge Hornet come equipped with a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen unit and a 12.3-inch digital gauge display. To that end, the software interface is the latest Uconnect 5 system. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features, as is Amazon Alexa connectivity. Upgrading to the GT Plus swaps in a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo for the standard system and adds a wireless smartphone charging pad.
Safety Features and Warranty
A series of driver-assistance features are standard on the Hornet, including automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. All trims come with blind-spot monitoring and parking sensors. The optional Tech package adds adaptive cruise control with lane-centering, among other features. For example, Forward Collision Warning with Full Stop, a 360-degree Surround View camera, and Traffic Sign Recognition are also available. In terms of warranty, the limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles, while the powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles.