Everything we know so far about the 2023 Dodge Hornet

Photo Source/Credit: Alfa Romeo

A few years back in 2006, Dodge released a five-door mini MPV concept named the Hornet. While previous attempts to further develop the Dodge Hornet were ineffective, the 122-year-old automaker is now expected to drop a 2023 SUV on the market. The vehicle will take inspiration from Alfa Romeo’s Tonale.

Potential Specs

The Hornet is expected to feature a 2.0-liter inline-four engine exactly as the Alfa Romeo Tonale does. Additionally, the Hornet may potentially be offered with a plug-in hybrid engine. The Tonale is set to hit the market sometime in 2023, with the Hornet hopefully arriving later this year. The Tonale and Hornet will both be released under the same Stellantis umbrella.

While Dodge enthusiasts can only guess as to the specs of this ride, the Tonale will offer a similar powertrain, and that is a 256-hp GME-T4 offering 295 lb-ft of torque. Mopar insiders believe the Hornet may feature an enhanced 270 to 280-hp performance, which would move the Hornet’s performance statistics closer to that of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. It is believed that the Hornet will have a starting MSRP of approximately $30,000 plus destination fee.

Tough Competition

While few details are known about the Dodge Hornet so far, it will be a smaller style SUV that sits just below the Durango, Dodge’s mid-size SUV. This would set the Hornet in competition with the likes of the Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taos, and Mazda CX-30. The CX-30 has a beginning price of just under $23,500 MSRP, with the Seltos starting at nearly $24,000 MSRP, and the Taos at about $25,000 MSRP. However, the official price tag of the Hornet has not been announced, with the $30K figure being more of a guess. 

Dodge consumers are itching to learn more about this 2023 Dodge in the upcoming months. This will not only provide those interested with a clearer idea of what the Hornet has to offer, but it will also allow for a more accurate comparison against its competitors.

Based on pure speculation, the Hornet will probably take inspiration from the Durango, in which the entry-level model of this SUV will then be an SXT variant, shortly followed by GT, RT, and Citadel trims. The Citadel is a more luxurious variation of the Durango, and if offered as a Hornet version, may come with a starting MSRP of about $40,000 plus destination fee.

Overall, Dodge lovers are excited to find out more about the 2023 Hornet when the automaker releases further details allowing for a more in-depth breakdown of this new SUV.

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