The Dodge Hornet has always been part of the Dodge Garage calendar and Dodge’s initiative to push out new products with its 24 months of muscle that started in 2021.It made its big debut the same week that the Dodge Charger SRT Daytona Banshee made its first public appearance. You might be easy to think that the Hornet has been overshadowed by Dodge’s other offerings at the moment but with tens of thousands of pre-orders already on file, the Hornet has certainly not been left behind. The powerful compact SUV provides a new “gateway” into the Dodge brand overall and order books have been open for months now, however we’re just now realizing the truth about its lackluster fuel mileage numbers.
While the Dodge Hornets build and price tool is up and running despite missing a major trim, only now have we found the actual fuel mileage for the less than $30,000 SUV. According to the EPA’s FuelEconomy.gov website, the Hornet GT provides a combined 24 mpg (29 mpg highway and 21 mpg in the city). The Hornet GT supplies 268 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque via its turbocharged Hurricane 4 engine, has all wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
As it turns out, it is the most fuel efficient Dodge in the fleet. Just peak the comparison chart above, and note that the Hornet GT edges just above a Charger V6, while considerably ahead of a Hemi V8 Challenger and base Durango SUV. This means that the Dodge Hornet R/T hybrid will likely increase that fuel economy gap even further. And with gas prices remaining on the high side, this could help keep Dodge customers in the fold who are seeking relief at the pump.
The 2023 Dodge Hornet R/T hybrid will be powered by a 1.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that takes advantage of an electric motor when needed it can produce 288 horsepower, 20 ponies better than the base GT. Also on the way is a full performance accessories portfolio of upgrades from Dodge Direct Connection, as previewed by the Hornet GLH Concept (pictured below) last summer.