There has been a lot of excitement surrounding the all-new 2023 Dodge Hornet GT, lately. The new C-segment utility vehicle (C-UV) should be arriving in dealer showrooms any day now for those who ordered one back in August.
But while we continue to wait, people have continued to wonder what the fuel economy numbers will be for the Hornet GT and GT Plus. Powered by the Hurricane4 engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder, the Hornet debuts as the segment’s most powerful gas engine offering 268 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (that is 27 less horsepower, but 35 more lb.-ft. of torque than Durango’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6).
While the same engine has just been released under the hood of the 2023 Jeep® Compass, a vehicle that shares the same architecture as the Hornet, the Compass version only produced 200 horsepower and 271 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike the Hornet, which uses a ZF-sourced 9-speed 948TE automatic transmission, the Compass now comes with an 8-speed 8F30 automatic allowing it to produce fuel economy numbers of 24 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy / 27 MPG combined. And just like the Hornet, the Compass comes standard across its lineup with all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard equipment.
So how does the much more powerful Hornet GT stand up against the new Compass? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Hornet GT’s turbocharged 2.0-liter, 9-speed automatic, and AWD is able to achieve a rating of 21 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy / 24 MPG combined. So that is a 3 MPG difference across the board. But, if we know our Dodge fans, they won’t worry about the 3 MPG knowing that they have 68 more horsepower and 24 more lb.-ft. of torque on tap.
It should also be noted, that while the Compass does return better fuel economy numbers, it has able to run on regular 87-octane fuel. However, switching to the Hornet, you will need to fill up with at least premium 93-octane to get its full performance (91-octane fuel is required).
Both the 2023 Hornet GT and Compass Sport have a starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $29,995. So we can now see why even though both vehicles have the same engines, why both have totally different specs. While the Hornet caters to more of the performance crowd, the Compass will continue to the “adventure” crowd without stepping on each other heels.
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