2024 Dodge Hornet GT. Photo: CarPro.


First Look: 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T and GT

Written By: Amy Plemons | Apr 13, 2023 9:59:24 PM

Dodge is introducing a new member of the Brotherhood of Muscle: the all-new 2024 Hornet, a compact crossover that shares a platform with the new 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale plug-in hybrid I checked out last fall (and, yes, it's assembled alongside the Tonale in Italy).

2024 Dodge Hornet

The Hornet is a big deal for the Dodge brand for three reasons: one it introduces Dodge's first electrified performance model, the plug-in R/T,  two, the GT trim will be the most powerful in its segment and three, it's an entry-level gateway to Dodge muscle. 

I recently had the chance to learn more about both models at the Texas Auto Roundup hosted by the Texas Auto Writers Association in Decatur, TX, where I also spent a little bit of time behind the wheel of the GT model. (Both GT and R/T powertrains are equipped standard all-wheel drive).


Let's start with the R/T. First, some fast facts:

Fast Facts

  • First-ever electrified plug-in model from Dodge
  • 288-horsepower
  • 383 pound-feet of torque
  • Powershot feature supplies a burst of 30 horsepower for a 0 to 60 time of 5.6 seconds
  • 30+ miles EV range

Dodge Brand's Lauren Wrights shares some highlights in the video below, as she walks us through some of the Hornet R/T's design DNA inside and out.

This particular display model is equipped with two packages. One is the Track Pack package which upgrades to 20-inch Abyss wheels, with additional features like class-exclusive Alcantara seats that feature an embroidered Dodge Rhombi logo.

2024 Dodge Hornet R/T and GT



Now we turn to the GT model, a vehicle Dodge says is the most powerful gas-only vehicle in its segment thanks to its Hurricane4 engine.  

Fast Facts

  • Hurricane 4 engine (2.0L turbocharged inline-4) mated to 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 268-horsepower
  • 295 pound-feet or torque
  • 0-60 in 6.5 seconds
  • Blacktop package includes 18-inch Abyss alloy wheels
  • MSRP as shown: $31,990


The Hornet GT is a stylish-looking compact SUV as equipped here with a Blacktop package for a sporty blacked-out look.  The grille with a ‘mail slot’-style grille opening is appropriately aggressive but with sleek, slim headlights.  


Notice too the cool illuminated Dodge Rhombi logo in the center of the grille. The logo is featured for the first time on a Dodge vehicle. Another unique feature is the exterior Hornet badge on the fender.

In back, a vehicle-width taillamp also features the Dodge Rhombi logo — another Dodge-vehicle first.


The Hornet's interior is a highlight. You know you're going to have a good time the moment you sit in the driver's seat (I imagine passenger's feel the same way too).

It's sporty, driver-centric and has terrific technology, including a full digital driver display and a multimedia screen with bright graphics. Combined, you're getting 22.5 inches of in-vehicle display screen space.


Check out a closer look at the 10.25-inch display. It runs the Uconnect 5 infotainment system and features wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well as Amazon Alexa. The graphics are nicely laid out and the graphics quality is on point.



The center console is slim and sleek, with the push-button start located ever so conveniently within reach. 

It's an impressive interior that feels, to me, pricier than it's roughly $31K MSRP would indicate. Red stitching accents are standard on Hornet models.

Ride and Drive

From my brief time behind the wheel, I can tell you that the Hornet GT is all Dodge. It's a welcome addition to the segment,  delivering an engaging, performance-oriented ride with great acceleration and handling. It's certainly not your typical mass market CUV.



The Dodge Hornet GT is on sale now and the Hornet R/T will arrive in late spring. And if you like the Track Pack you saw on the R/T, good news! It's available for both grades.

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