The Dodge Hornet: Testing Its Cargo Capacity

The Dodge Hornet, marketed as a compact SUV, may not live up to expectations in terms of its dimensions. Compared to other compact SUVs like the Mazda CX-5 and Honda CR-V, the Hornet falls short in length and feels more like a large subcompact such as the Honda HR-V. Additionally, the interior space is limited, with cramped rear seat legroom and restricted cargo space.

In this test, we will focus on the R/T model of the Hornet. The cargo area of the Hornet resembles that of a hatchback, complete with a rigid cargo cover. However, given the limited space, it’s unlikely that the cover would be stored inside the vehicle to make room for extra bags.

During the luggage test, two midsize roller suitcases, two roll-aboard suitcases, and a smaller roll-aboard were used. The Hornet’s cargo area lacked the height needed to stack the largest bag on top, even without the cover. The result was not satisfactory, as the Hornet struggled to accommodate all the bags. Most compact SUVs can easily fit these bags, along with additional items like a cooler or Pack ‘n Play. Among subcompact SUVs, the Hornet’s cargo capacity was only better than the Hyundai Venue.

The test focused on the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid model, and it remains unclear how the GT model would fare in comparison. It is possible that the difference lies in the underfloor storage space, which the R/T has limited access to.

Despite its limited cargo space, the Hornet does showcase a clever feature with its floor. The floor has a unique round nub that depresses into the cargo wall, allowing it to rest on a flat upper portion. This design allows for easy adjustment of the floor’s height. Although the underfloor space in the R/T model may not be particularly useful, this innovative feature deserves recognition.

In conclusion, while the Dodge Hornet may be marketed as a compact SUV, its cargo capacity falls short compared to both compact and subcompact SUVs. It struggles to accommodate luggage and additional items, making it less practical for those who require ample cargo space.

– Compact SUV: A small-sized sport utility vehicle, typically with a combination of car-like features and off-road capabilities.
– Subcompact: A vehicle that is smaller than a traditional compact car, falling into a smaller size category.

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