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Eric's Autos: 2024 Dodge Hornet

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Dodge is known to most as the brand that sells V8 performance cars like the Charger and Challenger. And now it's got a performance crossover for those who need something a little more practical -- and a lot less pricey.

What It Is

The Hornet is a compact-size crossover that Dodge has tried hard to infuse with some personality in order to differentiate it from all the other compact-size crossover SUVs literally everyone else is trying to sell.

The main sell here is what Dodge has spent the past 15-plus years selling -- that being performance. More of it than others in the same class offer.

It does not come from a V8, however.

The standard engine in the $30,735 GT is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that boasts 268 horsepower, paired with a standard all-wheel-drive system. It is the strongest small crossover you can get for the price.


You can order more performance, too, in the form of the R/T (this nomenclature has up to now been reserved for V8-powered versions of Dodge performance cars like the Challenger and Charger), which is a performance-oriented plug-in hybrid. It also has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine augmented by a plug-in hybrid system that amps up the output to 288 horsepower and reduces the fuel consumption by enabling this version of the Hornet to power itself using electricity part of the time.

It lists for $40,935.

A top-of-the-line R/T Plus (which gets additional features and amenities) lists for $45,935.

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