2024 Dodge Hornet Hybrid review, prices and specifications
If you’ve got your eye on the deal Alfa Romeo Tonale A plug-in hybrid crossover but in need of something more budget-friendly, the 2024 Dodge Hornet Hybrid offers a nearly identical driving experience for several thousand dollars less. The Dodge uses the same hybrid powertrain as the Alfa, and in our testing, the two are just as quick, with both hitting 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. Despite its Italian DNA — it’s a Tonale with slight visual differences — the Hornet Hybrid embraces its Dodge by offering a starting price that pits it directly against other mainstream compact SUVs that offer electric motors. Its primary competitors are the hybrid versions of the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage, as well as the Mitsubishi Outlander Hybrid and Toyota RAV4 Prime. Compared to those SUVs, the Hornet is small, and the size difference is mostly felt by back-seat passengers. Cargo space is also tighter than those alternatives. The Hornet outperforms its competitors in ride and handling, but its more enjoyable demeanor comes with compromises in terms of practicality and value. The Hornet Hybrid’s biggest competitor is actually its non-hybrid sibling (reviewed separately), which proved just as quick in our tests, is equally pleasant to drive, and offers a starting price of $10,000 less.
What’s new for 2024?
The Hornet plug-in hybrid model is new to Dodge’s lineup for 2024, and its hybrid powertrain is the brand’s first step into electrification. It will be followed by the all-electric Dodge Charger EV, which is expected to launch for the 2025 model year.
Pricing and which one to buy
Pricing for the 2024 Dodge Hornet Hybrid starts at $42,995 and goes up to $47,995 depending on trim and options.
The Hornet Hybrid comes well equipped from the start — as it should, considering its price — so we’ll stick with the base R/T. Heated steering wheel, heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, windshield wipers Rain-sensing headlights, 10.3-inch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster headlights and automatic high-beam headlights are all standard features. If you want more advanced driver-assistance features, the Technology package will add adaptive cruise control with lane centering, a driver attention monitor, 360-degree parking sensors, and a more advanced exterior camera system.
Engine, transmission and performance
The Hornet Hybrid is Dodge’s first hybrid, powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 288-hp electric motor. Instead of the non-hybrid Hornet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, the plug-in hybrid model gets a six-speed automatic but still comes standard with all-wheel drive. The powertrain can temporarily boost output by 30 horsepower via a feature called PowerShot that is activated by pulling both transmissions. Around town, the Hornet R/T Plus we sampled felt lively. Handling is confident and verges on sporty but not as sporty or satisfying as what you’ll find in competitors from Mazda or Volkswagen. However, it is more attractive than the Tucson Hybrid and Sportage Hybrid, but those crossovers offer more refined behavior and may suit everyday drivers better.
With PowerShot mode engaged, the Hornet R/T Plus PHEV was hit 60 mph in 5.5 seconds at our test track, matching the Alfa Romeo Tonale’s time in the same test. This isn’t surprising since the two are essentially identical except for the fact that the Alfa’s maximum horsepower isn’t locked behind the weird PowerShot feature. Unfortunately, the R/T’s acceleration is identical to the much cheaper non-hybrid GT models, making it difficult to see the value in the hybrid from a performance perspective.
Range, charging and battery life
Both Hornet Hybrid models come with a 12.0 kWh battery pack that’s rated for 32 miles of electric driving per charge, which is a reasonable estimate of what you’ll get out of real-world driving. On our 75 mph highway fuel economy test route, we were able to drive 31 miles on the electric before the gas engine kicked in to pick up the slack. Charging time on a Level 2 charger is about two and a half hours.
Real-world fuel economy and MPG
The EPA estimates the Hornet Hybrid is good for 29 mpg combined, or 77 mpg combined when factoring in electric range from the onboard battery pack. On our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route, our R/T Plus test vehicle managed 27 mpg highway. For more information about the Hornet’s fuel economy, visit Environmental Protection Agency website.
Interior, comfort and charging
The Hornet Hybrid’s cabin is the same size as the Tonale’s, meaning it’s spacious for front-seat passengers but cramped for rear-seat passengers. The interior design is similar to that of the Tonale as well, with the primary controls and infotainment system angled slightly towards the driver and the long gear lever for the automatic transmission located on the center console. The Hornet also uses the same steering wheel as the Alfa Romeo, albeit with the Dodge logo in the middle. Black upholstery with red stitching is standard, but the R/T Plus model comes with leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a sunroof. Hornet Hybrids ordered with the optional Track package get faux suede upholstery instead and go without the ventilated seat feature.
Information, entertainment and communication
All models come with a 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital display. The software interface is the latest Uconnect 5 system, which is used in other Stellantis models e.g Chrysler Pacifica small car And the Ram 1500 pickup truck. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features are standard, as is Amazon Alexa connectivity. Upgrading to the R/T Plus adds a 14-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo and in-dash navigation.
Safety and driver assistance features
An array of driver-assistance features are standard on the Hornet Hybrid, including automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection. All models also come with blind spot monitoring and parking sensors. An optional Technology package adds adaptive cruise control with lane centering, among other features. For more information about the Hornet’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).) sites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection
- Standard lane departure warning with lane keep assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with lane focus feature
Warranty and maintenance coverage
Dodge offers a fairly typical warranty with all new Hornet models. the Kia Sportage Hybrid Dodge has a 10-year warranty, and Volkswagen Tiguan Comes with two years of free scheduled maintenance.
- The limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- The powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- The plug-in hybrids are covered for eight years or 80,000 miles
- There is no free scheduled maintenance
2024 Dodge Hornet R/T
Vehicle Type: Front-engine, rear-engine, 4-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon
Base/as tested: $42,530/$48,465
Options: Customer Preferred Package 28B (Technology Package: Intelligent Cruise Assist (ISA), Active Driving Assist, Park Assist, Drowsy Driver Detection, $2,345; R/T Blacktop and Track Pack: Black Alcantara Seats with Red Unventilation Accents, Inox Steel Door Sills, Gloss Black Painted Mirror Caps, Dark Badges, Gloss Black Painted Side Mirror Moldings, Leather Steering Wheel, Dual Mode Suspension, 235/40-R20 All Season Tires, Abyss Finish Aluminum Wheels, Bright pedals, Dodge red-painted calipers, 4-way power driver and front passenger seat, 8-way power driver and front passenger seat, driver seat memory, $3,590)
Turbocharged and intercooled SOHC 16-valve 1.3L 4-cylinder, 177 hp, 199 lb-ft + dual DC motors, 44 and 121 hp, 39 and 184 lb-ft (combined output: 288 hp, 383 lb-ft, 12.0-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack per hour, 7.4 kW internal charger)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic/direct drive
Suspension, F/R: Struts/Stents
Brakes, F/R: 13.5″ ventilated disc/12.0″ disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport All Season 4
235/40ZR-20 (96Y) M+S
Wheelbase: 103.8 inches
Height: 178.3 inches
Width: 72.5 inches
Height: 63.0 inches
Cargo volume front/rear: 51/23 ft3
Empty Weight: 4205 lbs
grandfather Test results
60 mph: 5.5 seconds
1/4 mile: 14.2 seconds at 96 mph
100 mph: 15.4 seconds
110 mph: 20.7 seconds
The above results remove a 1-foot subtraction for 0.3 seconds.
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
Top Gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 seconds
Top Gear, 50-70 mph: 4.6 seconds
Top speed (MFR claim): 128 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 164 ft
Braking, 100-0 mph: 334 ft
Road Holder, 300ft Skateboard: 0.87g
grandfather Fuel economy
Observed: 24 mpg
75 mph highway driving, EV/Hybrid mode: 74 mpg/27 mpg combined
Highway range: 75 mph, EV/Hybrid mode: 31/300 miles
EPA fuel economy.
Combined: 29 mpg
Gasoline + electric combined: 77 mpg
EV range: 32 miles
grandfather Test explained
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