The Dodge Hornet, which was first introduced as a concept more than a decade ago, is now an actual vehicle. Despite sharing the same concept name, the production version looks different – and shares a thing or two with its Stellantis cousin, the Alfa Romeo Tonale.
At launch, the 2023 Dodge Hornet was touted for under $30,000. This is sounding good to interested buyers, attracting 14,000 preorders in a few days. Now that the Hornet configurator is live, we find that the GT base trim starts at $29,995 but that’s without the mandatory destination fee. GT Plus starts at $34,995.
We spent our non-existent cash checking out how much the most expensive 2023 Dodge Hornet costs. Starting with the GT Plus trim, the first choice is color. Opting for the 8 Ball (black) and Q Ball (white) exterior colors won’t cost you a penny, but choosing the special Blue Steele and Acapulco Gold launch colors asks for an additional $595. We go for the former.
Next, the wheels. A set of 17-inch silver aluminum wheels comes as standard, although you can upgrade to a larger set – both are included in the individual packages. We used the 20-inch J Abyss aluminum wheels that come with the $2,995 Track Pack. Alcantara seats, red painted brake calipers, bright pedals, dual mode suspension, aluminum door sills and a sporty leather steering wheel are all included in the Track Pack.
To further access our fictional Hornet, we’re adding a $1,995 Blacktop GT Package (dark “GT” and “Hornet” badges, plus a glossy black painted daylight opening mold and mirror cap) and a $2,245 Tech Plus Package that adds a number of driving sitters to your car. in the equipment list.
For the record, the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid isn’t in the configurator as of this writing, so the only option is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 265 horsepower (198 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters). torque. This is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, sending power to all four wheels.
With $7,830 worth of total options plus a $1,595 destination fee, the most expensive 2023 Dodge Hornet build costs $44,420.