2023 Dodge Hornet at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove

For decades, Dodge has built its reputation as the go-to brand for sporty vehicles that push the limits of what you can do on the road. We've seen iconic models like the Challenger, a classic muscle car packed with modern equipment for optimal performance. There's also the Charger, the most powerful mass-produced sedan on the market. The Durango is Dodge's signature SUV, with an incredible towing capacity of up to 8,700 pounds. Now, it's time for Dodge to usher in something completely new. For the 2023 model year, Dodge is welcoming the Hornet, a compact-utility vehicle, or CUV, that's combining classic Dodge design themes with tons of new features to help you embrace maximum fuel efficiency. There are two new powertrains, one for each of the Hornet's two trim levels, plus tons of exciting features both inside and out. Read on to learn more about the features of the 2023 Dodge Hornet!



Combining the benefits of internal combustion with the immediate power of electrification, the Dodge Hornet is the most powerful Compact Utility Vehicle in its segment. With its Plug-in Hybrid architecture, the Hornet R/T combines the power of its 1.3L Turbo engine, with its electric motor and the Segment-Exclusive PowerShot to unlock an extra 25 electric horsepower-delivering an estimated 285 combined horsepower and 383 pound-feet of total torque-and shaving 1 second off its own 0-60 mph launch time.


The 2023 Hornet GT hits the streets for the first time with a crown already on its head. Enable Sport Mode right on the steering wheel button and uncover why the Hornet earned Best-in-Class power to weight ratio.



The 2023 Dodge Hornet combines its utility with aggressive looks, merging iconic American muscle with new tech.


From 20-inch rims included with the available Track Pack, to dual exhaust tips and Dodge-branded Brembo brake calipers on the Hornet R/T, to your choice of seven bold and distinct colors, the Hornet brings all aspects of muscle to a whole new breed of vehicles.



The driver-centric interior gives you all the tools needed to maximize your experience on the road. Settle into the available race-inspired Alcantara® seats, grab the available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and watch your speed increase on the 12.3-inch Digital Cluster Display.


To take it further, access the iconic Dodge Performance Pages from the 10.25-inch touchscreen to keep track of anything from G-force to temperature gauges.



When it comes to tech, there's plenty to uncover in the Dodge Hornet. Available features like Semi-Automatic Parking, a 360° Surround View Camera, a Power Liftgate, a Best-in-Class available 13-Speaker+Subwoofer Harman Kardon® Sound System and plenty more, all combine to deliver the ultimate experience on the road.


The Hornet comes loaded with standard safety and security features across all trim levels, including Automatic Emergency BRaking, Lane Support Warning when straying from your lane, and Automatic Counter Steering.

What are the New Engine Options for the Dodge Hornet?

This year, the Dodge brand is reaching new heights in terms of power and performance thanks to its two new powertrain options! The Dodge Hornet lineup features two trim levels, the R/T and the GT, and both of these trim levels feature a new engine under the hood. Starting with the GT, you'll find an all-new Hurricane engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that's designed for optimal fuel-efficiency. The Hurricane offers the GT 265 horsepower, and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you opt for the R/T trim, you'll be treated to the new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which includes a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine, as well as a 15.5-kWh battery that powers an electric motor. If you have a fully-charged battery, you can drive your RT up to 30 miles, without using any gasoline! The R/T also comes with a new PowerShot button, which will instantly produce an extra 25 horsepower, allowing you to reach up to 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds!

What Design Features can I Find on the 2023 Dodge Hornet?

The 2023 Dodge Hornet offers lots of new features to go with the new powertrain options, but you can still enjoy all of those signature Dodge features you know and love! For example, the Dodge Rhombii badge is front and center on the grille of the Hornet, just above a slim horizontal "mail slot" opening. The Hornet's shape is a bit different from other Dodge models, since it's the first CUV of the Dodge family. It has a robust, SUV-inspired silhouette, but it's smaller and more compact than the Durango. Its two-row layout seats up to five passengers, and both the GT and R/T models feature standard black interior, accented with bold red stitching. There are also many bright and eye-catching color options for the exterior, as well as some racing stripe options. The dashboard features a 10.25-inch digital cluster display, and it also comes with Performance Pages so you can learn more about your vehicle!

What are the Dodge Hornet's Performance Features?

The Dodge Hornet has all of the features you need for a high-powered and exciting drive! You can take advantage of great performance features that enhance your experience on the road. As we mentioned above, the R/T's PowerShot feature makes a big difference in your acceleration with the PHEV powertrain. There are also many other performance features available throughout the lineup. First off, there's the Brembo high-performance brakes, with bright red brake calipers that are sure to grab attention. There's also a flat-bottomed steering wheel complete with paddle shifters for that authentic race experience. The R/T's hybrid powertrain offers three drive modes, so you can choose how you'd like to use your car's power. You can select whether you want to use electric power only, gas power only, or both at once!

Visit Zeigler CDJR for New Dodge Inventory!

If you're living in or around Chicago, Illinois, then you're conveniently located just a short drive from us here at Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Downers Grove! Come and visit us at our showroom to get up-close and personal with our newest Dodge vehicles. You can request a test drive of your favorite models with a member of our sales team, and we're also happy to answer any questions you might have about the 2023 Dodge Hornet, or any of our other vehicles. If you prefer, you can also check out our new inventory from the comfort of your own home by viewing our current listings right here online! From all of us here at Zeigler CDJR of Downers Grove, we look forward to working with you soon!

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