Live Thread: One week with a 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T

By Colin Wood
Feb 13, 2024 | Dodge, New Car Review, Hornet, Live Thread

Photography by David S. Wallens

Wanna ride shotgun with the GRM crew?

Welcome to this week’s test vehicle, a 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T–yes, that's the plug-in hybrid one. (A non-hybrid "GT" trim is also offered.)

Total power output is listed at 288 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, giving the Hornet a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds according to Dodge.

Our particular tester comes fitted with both the "Track Pack" and "Blacktop" packages, which add features like larger wheels, driver-selectable suspension damping and various other package-exclusive (mostly aesthetic) touches inside and out.

MSRP for the Hornet R/T starts at $41,400, with our tester stickering in at $48,930.

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Datsun240ZGuy MegaDork
2/13/24 12:30 p.m.

My buddy is in hospice and asked me to get him a brochure as he's going to heal by summer and wants to buy one.  I called him to read all the online specs and he wants me to find a cutaway drawing of the Hornet.  

RonnieFnD Reader
2/13/24 12:34 p.m.

I love em, the Tonale anyway but I can't buy one due to the lack of headroom.  I keep hoping they with put different seats in them at some point.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/13/24 1:01 p.m.

I dig the looks. Out of the rest of the (crowded) class, I think this one looks more aggressive than the rest. The nose, in particular, has a strong cut to it. I guess that’s Dodge’s bogey with this one: Sorry, no more muscle cars, but how about an SUV instead? 

The driving experience, so far, has left me underwhelmed, though. The steering feels particularly vague and seems to totally disconnect when the engine stops at a red light. Like, is this thing still connected? 

More to come. 

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
2/13/24 1:18 p.m.

It looks like someone tried to give a Gremlin angry stormtrooper face.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/13/24 1:23 p.m.

In reply to Jesse Ransom :

Hey, yeah, now I see the angry Stormtrooper face. 

“Stop that ship! Blast ’em!”

Pew! Pew!

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
2/14/24 12:31 p.m.

It's not a Charger or Challenger. *sigh*. Looking forward to when those debut.

nlevine GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
2/14/24 2:15 p.m.

How different are the driving dynamics of this vs. its Alfa-badged cousin? 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/14/24 2:20 p.m.

In reply to nlevine :

It’s been a little while since I have driven the Alfa, but pretty similar. 

I’ll have more to report tomorrow as I’ll be able to put some miles on the Hornet later today. 

RonnieFnD Reader
2/14/24 2:31 p.m.
nlevine said:

How different are the driving dynamics of this vs. its Alfa-badged cousin? 

They are the same. I am a Alfa tech but had to learn on a hornet in phev school.  They told us they they are identical so we only had hornets to mess with at the time because that's what they had on hand. 

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
2/14/24 5:42 p.m.

$48,000  Sticker price!!!!!

I just blew a whole beer out my nose. Thats buys a nice Mustang or many, many more intresting cars..

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