2024 Dodge Hornet Automatic Transmission Guide

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2024 Dodge Hornet Automatic Transmission Owner’s Manual

The 2024 Dodge Hornet has an advanced automatic transmission that improves driving performance with smooth gear shifts, better gas mileage, and dynamic handling, making for an exciting and refined driving experience.

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You must press and hold the brake pedal while shifting out of PARK.


  • Never use the PARK (P) position as a substitute for the parking brake. Always apply the parking brake fully when exiting the vehicle to guard against vehicle movement and possible injury or damage.
  • Your vehicle could move and injure you and others if it is not in PARK. Check by trying to move the gear selector out of PARK with the brake pedal released. Make sure the transmission is in PARK before exiting the vehicle.
  • It is dangerous to shift out of PARK or NEUTRAL (N) if the engine speed is higher than the idle speed.
    If your foot is not firmly pressing the brake pedal, the vehicle could accelerate quickly forward or in reverse. You could lose control of the vehicle and hit someone or something. Only shift into gear when the engine is idling normally and your foot is firmly pressing the brake pedal.
  • The vehicle may not engage a newly selected gear when shifting between PARK, REVERSE (R), or DRIVE (D) if the vehicle is moving while shifting.
  • Unintended movement of a vehicle could injure those in or near the vehicle. As with all vehicles, you should never exit a vehicle while the engine is running. Before exiting a vehicle, always come to a complete stop, then apply the parking brake, shift the transmission into PARK, and turn the ignition OFF. When the ignition is in the OFF position, the transmission is locked in PARK, securing the vehicle against unwanted movement.
  • When leaving the vehicle, always make sure the ignition is in the OFF position, remove the key fob from the vehicle, and lock the vehicle.
  • Never leave children alone in a vehicle, or with access to an unlocked vehicle. Allowing children to be in a vehicle unattended is dangerous for a number of reasons. A child or others could be seriously or fatally injured. Children should be warned not to touch the parking brake, brake pedal or the transmission gear selector.
  • Do not leave the key fob in or near the vehicle (or in a location accessible to children), and do not leave the ignition in the ON/RUN position. A child could operate power windows, and other controls, or move the vehicle. Damage to the transmission may occur if the following precautions are not observed:
  • Shift into or out of PARK or REVERSE only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop.
  • Do not shift between PARK, REVERSE, NEUTRAL, or DRIVE when the engine is above idle speed.
  • Before shifting into any gear, make sure your foot is firmly pressing the brake pedal.

This vehicle is equipped with an Ignition Park Interlock which requires the transmission to be in PARK (P) before the ignition can be turned to the OFF position. This helps the driver avoid inadvertently leaving the vehicle without placing the transmission in PARK. This system maintains the lock of the transmission in PARK whenever the ignition is in the OFF position.

This vehicle is equipped with a BTSI that holds the transmission gear selector in PARK (P) unless the brakes are applied. To shift the transmission out of PARK, the ignition must be in the ON/RUN position
(whether the engine is running or not), and the brake pedal must be pressed. The brake pedal must also be pressed to shift from NEUTRAL (N) into DRIVE (D) or REVERSE (R) when the vehicle is stopped or moving at low speeds.


Your vehicle may be equipped with a 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission, depending on the model. This section describes the operation of both the 6-speed and 9-speed transmissions.
The transmission gear range (PRND) is displayed both beside the gear selector and in the instrument cluster. To select a gear range, push the lock button on the gear selector and move the selector rearward or forward. You must also press the brake pedal to shift the transmission out of PARK (P) (or NEUTRAL (N), when the vehicle is stopped or moving at low speeds). Select the DRIVE (D) range for normal driving.


  • The transmission electronics are self-calibrating; therefore, the first few shifts on a new vehicle may be somewhat abrupt. This is a normal condition, and precision shifts will develop within a few hundred miles (kilometres).
  • In the event of a mismatch between the gear selector position and the actual transmission gear (for example, the driver selects REVERSE (R) while driving forward), the position indicator will blink continuously until the selector is returned to the proper position, or the requested shift can be completed.

The electronically controlled transmission adapts its shift schedule based on driver inputs, along with environmental and road conditions. The 9-speed transmission has been developed to meet the needs of current and future FWD/AWD vehicles. Software and calibration are refined to optimize the customer’s driving experience and fuel economy. By design, some vehicle and driveline combinations utilize NINTH gear only in very specific driving situations and conditions.
Only shift from DRIVE to PARK or REVERSE when the accelerator pedal is released and the vehicle is stopped. Be sure to keep your foot on the brake pedal when shifting between these gears.2024 Dodge Hornet Automatic Transmission 1

Gear Ranges
Do not press the accelerator pedal when shifting out of PARK or NEUTRAL.

After selecting any gear range, wait a moment to allow the selected gear to engage before accelerating. This is especially important when the engine is cold.

This range supplements the parking brake by locking the transmission. The engine can be started in this range. Never attempt to use PARK while the vehicle is in motion. Apply the parking brake when exiting the vehicle in this range.
When parking on a hill, apply the parking brake before shifting the transmission to PARK, otherwise the load on the transmission locking mechanism may make it difficult to move the gear selector out of PARK. As an added precaution, turn the front wheels toward the curb on a downhill grade and away from the curb on an uphill grade.
When exiting the vehicle, always:

  1. Apply the parking brake.
  2. Shift the transmission into PARK.
  3. Turn the engine off.
  4. Remove the key fob from the vehicle.

Block the wheels with a wedge or a stone if the vehicle is parked on a steep slope.


  • Before moving the transmission gear selector out of PARK, you must turn the ignition to the ON/RUN position and also press the brake pedal. Other-wise, damage to the gear selector could result.
  • DO NOT race the engine when shifting from PARK or NEUTRAL into another gear range, as this can damage the drivetrain.

The following indicators should be used to ensure that you have properly engaged the transmission into the PARK position:

  • When shifting into PARK, push the lock button on the gear selector, and firmly move the selector all the way forward until it stops and is fully seated.
  • Look at the transmission gear position display and verify that it indicates the PARK position (P).
  • With the brake pedal released, verify that the gear selector will not move out of PARK.

This range is for moving the vehicle backwards. Shift into REVERSE only after the vehicle has come to a complete stop.

Use this range when the vehicle is standing for prolonged periods with the engine running. The engine may be started in this range. Apply the parking brake and shift the transmission into PARK if you must exit the vehicle.

Do not coast in NEUTRAL and never turn off the ignition to coast down a hill. These are unsafe practices that limit your response to changing traffic or road conditions. You might lose control of the vehicle and have a collision.

Towing the vehicle, coasting, or driving for any other reason with the transmission in NEUTRAL can cause severe transmission damage. For Recreational Towing For Towing A Disabled Vehicle

This range should be used for most city and highway driving. It provides the smoothest up-shifts and down-shifts, and the best fuel economy. The transmission automatically upshifts through all forward gears.
If the transmission temperature exceeds normal operat-ing limits, the transmission controller may modify the transmission shift schedule, reduce engine torque, and/or expand the range of torque converter clutch engagement. This is done to prevent transmission damage due to overheating.
If the transmission becomes extremely hot, the Transmission Temperature Warning Light may illuminate, and the transmission may operate differently until the transmission cools down.
During cold temperatures, transmission operation may be modified depending on engine and/or transmission temperature as well as vehicle speed. This feature improves the warm-up time of the engine and transmission to achieve maximum efficiency. Engagement of the torque converter clutch (and, for the 9-speed, shifts into EIGHTH or NINTH gear), is inhibited until the engine and/or transmission is warm. Normal operation will resume once the temperature(s) has risen to a suitable level.

AutoStick is a driver-interactive transmission feature providing manual shift control, giving you more control of the vehicle. AutoStick allows you to maximize engine braking, eliminate undesirable upshifts and downshifts, and improve overall vehicle performance. This feature can also provide you with more control during passing, city driving, cold slippery conditions, mountain driving, trailer towing, and many other situations.

In AutoStick mode, you can use the gear selector (in the MANUAL position), or the paddle shifters to the MANUAL (M) position (beside the DRIVE (D) position), or tap one of the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Tapping the (-) paddle shifter to enter AutoStick mode will downshift the transmission to the next lower gear while tapping (+) to enter AutoStick mode will retain the current gear. The current transmission gear will be displayed in the instrument cluster.2024 Dodge Hornet Automatic Transmission 2

  1. (–) Shift Paddle
  2. (+) Shift Paddle

In AutoStick mode, the transmission will shift up or down when the driver moves the gear selector rearward (+) or forward (-) unless an engine lugging or overspeed condition results. It will remain in the selected gear until another upshift or downshift is chosen, except as follows:

  • 6-speed transmissions will automatically upshift when necessary to prevent engine over-speed.
  • The transmission will automatically downshift as the vehicle slows (to prevent engine lugging) and will display the current gear.
  • The transmission will automatically downshift to FIRST gear when coming to a stop. After a stop, the driver should manually upshift (+) the transmission as the vehicle is accelerated.
  • You can start, from a stop, in FIRST or SECOND gear (or THIRD gear, in 6-speed models). Tapping (+)(at a stop) will allow starting in SECOND gear. Starting in SECOND gear can be helpful in snowy or icy conditions.
  • If a requested downshift would cause the engine to overspeed, that shift will not occur.
  • The system will ignore attempts to upshift at too low of a vehicle speed.
  • Transmission shifting will be more noticeable when AutoStick is enabled.
  • Holding the (-) paddle pressed, or holding the gear selector in the (-) position, will downshift the transmission to the lowest gear possible at the current speed.
  • The system may revert to automatic shift mode if a fault or overheating condition is detected.

To disengage AutoStick mode, return the gear selector to the DRIVE (D) position, or press and hold the (+) paddle shifter until “D” is indicated in the instrument cluster. You can shift in or out of AutoStick mode at any time without taking your foot off the accelerator pedal.

Do not downshift for additional engine braking on a slippery surface. The drive wheels could lose their grip and the vehicle could skid, causing a collision or personal injury.

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PowerShot – If Equipped
PowerShot is a feature that allows max battery power for a short period of time, adding an additional 25 horsepower and instant torque.
To activate the feature, pull both paddle shifter simulta-neously, the added power will be applied on the next throttle pedal application for a 10 – 15 second interval. The feature can be used multiple times after a 10- 15 second cool down period.

The instrument cluster will display system status and availability of extra power when the feature is active. Battery State of Charge (SoC) and temperature is con-stantly monitored to enable or disable the feature.

Transmission function is monitored electronically for abnormal conditions. If a condition is detected that could result in transmission damage, Transmission Limp Home Mode is activated. In this mode, the trans-mission may operate only in a fixed gear, or may remain in NEUTRAL (N). The Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) may be illuminated. Limp Home Mode may allow the vehicle to be driven to an authorized dealer for service without damaging the transmission.
In the event of a momentary problem, the transmission can be reset to regain all forward gears by performing the following steps:

  1. Stop the vehicle.
  2. Shift the transmission into PARK (P), if possible.
    If not, shift the transmission to NEUTRAL.
  3. Push and hold the ignition until the engine turns off.
  4. Wait approximately 30 seconds.
  5. Restart the engine.
  6. Shift into the desired gear range. If the problem is no longer detected, the transmission will return to normal operation.

Even if the transmission can be reset, we recommend that you visit an authorized dealer at your earliest possible convenience. An authorized dealer has diagnostic equipment to assess the condition of your transmission. If the transmission cannot be reset, authorized dealer service is required.

A feature designed to improve fuel economy has been included in the automatic transmission on your vehicle. A clutch within the torque converter engages automati-cally at calibrated speeds. This may result in a slightly different feeling or response during normal operation in the upper gears. When the vehicle speed drops or during some accelerations, the clutch automatically disengages.

The torque converter clutch will not engage until the engine and/or transmission is warm (usually after 1 to 3 miles [2 to 5 km] of driving). Because the engine speed is higher when the torque converter clutch is not engaged, it may seem as if the transmission is not shift-ing properly when the vehicle is cold. This is normal. The torque converter clutch will function normally once the powertrain is sufficiently warm.


What type of automatic transmission does the 2024 Dodge Hornet have?

The 2024 Dodge Hornet is equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission, designed for smooth and efficient gear shifts.

Does the 2024 Dodge Hornet have a manual mode for its automatic transmission?

The 2024 Dodge Hornet offers a manual mode that allows drivers to manually shift gears using paddle shifters for a more engaging driving experience.

How does the 2024 Dodge Hornet’s automatic transmission enhance fuel efficiency?

The 9-speed automatic transmission in the 2024 Dodge Hornet is optimized for fuel efficiency, ensuring that the engine operates within its most efficient RPM range during different driving conditions.

What is the gear ratio range of the 2024 Dodge Hornet’s automatic transmission?

The 9-speed automatic transmission in the 2024 Dodge Hornet offers a wide range of gear ratios, designed to optimize performance and efficiency across various speeds and driving conditions.

How does the 2024 Dodge Hornet’s automatic transmission perform in city driving?

The automatic transmission in the 2024 Dodge Hornet is well-suited for city driving, offering smooth gear changes and responsive performance in stop-and-go traffic.

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