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Dodge’s new subcompact SUV balances its small stature and classic muscle car aesthetic. The 2024 Dodge Hornet marks the first model year offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Here are details about the Dodge Hornet R/T and GT trims.

How do the 2024 Dodge Hornet GT trims compare? 

2023 Dodge Hornet GT in Gray Cray
Dodge Hornet GT in Gray Cray | Stellantis

First, let’s take a look at the 2024 Hornet GT trim levels. Dodge offers two versions: the standard GT and the upgraded GT Plus. Both pack a gasoline direct-injection fuel system and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 268 hp. In addition, both GT trims feature all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. 

The base-model GT starts at $30,735. In comparison, Dodge starts the GT Plus at $35,735. The GT and GT Plus are mostly the same. Both have a 13.5-gallon gas tank, spacious seating for five, and 27 cubic feet of cargo space behind the back row.

Amenities are where the two GT trims differ. For $5,000 more than the standard model, the GT Plus provides more premium features. They include heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats with memory, leather upholstery, a sunroof, and a hands-free power liftgate. The GT Plus also boasts built-in navigation and a Harman Kardon premium sound system with 14 speakers and a subwoofer.

What are the differences between the 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T trims? 

A 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T compact SUV model, from the Dodge SRT lineup of performance products.
2024 Dodge Hornet R/T | Stellantis

Moving on to the Hornet R/T, shoppers have two trims to choose from: R/T and R/T Plus. Dodge’s first plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are new for the 2024 model year. Both versions have a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor making 288 hp. They also have AWD and a six-speed automatic six-transmission. 

Dodge starts the standard 2024 Hornet R/T at $40,935 and the R/T Plus at $45,935. As with the GT trims, the amenities are the most significant differences between the R/T and R/T Plus. The latter has a power sunroof, leather heated and ventilated 12-way power front seats with memory, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, and a hands-free power liftgate.

In addition, the Hornet R/T Plus touts performance upgrades. They include Brembo brakes and steering column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters with a PowerShot feature delivering a 30-hp boost for up to 15 seconds.

GT vs. R/T: Which powertrain is the better value? 

The 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T trims’ plug-in hybrid setup will appeal to eco-conscious consumers. However, the Dodge Hornet GT trims are a better value for most consumers. Though the R/T trims provide more power at 288 hp than the GT’s 266 hp and use less gas through the plug-in hybrid powertrain, that’s pretty much where the R/T’s benefits end. 

The GT trims are significantly cheaper — over $10,000 less than the R/T models. Plus, the GT is slightly roomier and provides more usable cargo space. The GT has 27 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the rear seatbacks upright and 54.7 cubic feet with them folded. Meanwhile, the R/T provides 22.9 cubic feet behind the back row and 50.5 cubic feet maximum.