A hot Hornet the RT Plus PHEV is a marvelous Machine 


I’ve had an extraordinary time behind the wheel of the Dodge Hornet RT Plus PHEV. The experience has been nothing short of exceptional, especially as I ushered in the new year with my family, driving through various scenic routes and urban landscapes. From traversing I-97 over the Bay Bridge to exploring Annapolis, Maryland, and venturing westward on I-270 to Hagerstown, the Hornet proved to be a reliable and exhilarating companion.

Powered by a robust 1.3-liter inline-four turbo engine, the Hornet delivers an impressive 288 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Its 20-inch wheels contribute to its outstanding performance, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 5.6 seconds. Paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and equipped with paddle shifters, the driving experience is both dynamic and engaging.

Inside the cabin, the Hornet boasts a Harmon Kardon sound system that delivers an immersive audio experience. I had the pleasure of enjoying music from my time at Carnegie Mellon’s music department, including our Dah-Varsity album. The fit and finish of the interior are exceptional, showcasing Dodge’s commitment to quality craftsmanship.

One of the standout features of the Hornet is its plug-in hybrid technology, offering an EPA-rated 32 miles of all-electric range. The ability to toggle between hybrid, electric, and gas modes provides versatility and efficiency, making it suitable for various driving conditions.

Manufactured on the same assembly line in Italy as the Alfa Romeo, the Hornet shares some similarities with its counterpart but distinguishes itself with unique American branding and features. While the Alfa Romeo exudes Italian flair, the Hornet emphasizes value and customization tailored to American preferences.

With integrated wireless charging, Apple CarPlay, and an array of optional packages like the tech pack and track pack, the Hornet offers style, performance, and technology in one package. Plus, potential buyers can benefit from up to $7,500 in tax credits, making it an attractive option for those seeking a performance-oriented compact SUV.

Starting at a base price of $44,995, with additional options like the tech pack and blacktop package, the Hornet RT Plus PHEV came out to $52,305. For more information visit www.dodge.com