Dodge claims that its entry level Hornet GT, which comes standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive, can hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, making it the quickest crossover on the market for under $30,000.
The non-hybrid GT model gets its power from a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged flat-four engine mated to a nine-speed automated transmission. A 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mated to an electric motor installed on the rear axle is what a plug-in hybrid Dodge customer receives.
With the optional all-wheel drive system, Dodge claims the 2023 Hornet can reach 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. As an EV hybrid, the 2023 Dodge Hornet’s R/T trim level features a 12.0-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack that can power the car for more than 30 miles on a single charge, according to Dodge. The 2023 Dodge Hornet comes standard with all-wheel drive, but the AWD (R/T) variant adds further capabilities by automatically transferring power between the rear and front axles to maximise traction.
The 2023 AAR Hornet is faster to 60 mph (using the PowerShot feature that allows an additional 25 horsepower for a short period of time) and more powerful (thanks to the 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine producing 265 horsepower and the 9-speed automatic transmission) than the GT, but it will not be a more environmentally friendly vehicle.