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Why should I buy a Tonale instead of the Hornet? Need 7 good reasons.

BTW, I'm a proud owner of a 2017 Giulia and purchased the car because it was different fir all others.

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Both models are so similar that it's hard to find 7 reasons.

Probably the biggest reason to get the Tonale is that you don't mind paying $7,000 more for a slightly more upscale SUV. Almost as if it was a trim above the top spec Hornet.

Rocking the Alfa badge might be another but is that really worth the premium? I know for some people it is, especially if their job (i.e. real estate agent, sales rep, etc.) sort of requires projecting a certain type of image.

 

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It’d be interesting to see if the Dodge “GLH” (goes like hell) factory approved, dealer installed, warranty safe modifications planned for the Hornet will be compatible with the Tonale. Performance enhancing mods to enhance power and performance… could be an fun mash up.
 

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I'll play. I realize reasons to me might not be to someone else.

1) I don't expect the Tonale to sell very well in the US with the Dodge undercut, so you won't be seeing yourself at every stop light. In a few years I'd bet it will be the most often seen Alfa though.

2) The Tonale will not have whatever hidden de-contenting/cost cutting that has taken place to make the Dodge so much cheaper.

3) The Tonale is better looking despite some obvious similarities. You will also only be able to get the gorgeous 5 hole wheels that scream "Alfa!" on the Tonale.

4) While depreciation on neither brand is great, the Dodge will be worse percentage wise.

5) After the initial splash, advertising on the Tonale will likely be non-existent if Alfa follows past marketing habits. A bit down the road the Tonale will likely be able to be had at a decent discount, putting a dent in the price gap.

6) It's actually an Alfa. Researched, designed and built by Alfa.

7) You'd have to buy a Hornet at a Dodge dealer, then look at the Dodge badge the rest of the time you owned it, I'd bet in a short time you'd wish it was an Alfa. Don't see anyone enjoying the exclusivity and fun of the Alfa culture being long term happy with the Dodge.

I'm personally still not happy about the Dodge thunder stealing and I could probably come up with some pretty good reasons to buy the Dodge too though.
 

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I am first on the list at my dealer and saw the Tonale at it's unveiling. Initially we were very excited because it is the first modern Alfa that a person over 5'10 can fit in. However after seeing that the Guilia and Stelvio are the two most discounted cars and now the Dodge Hornet selling the car for what it should be sold at I have lost all faith in Alfa. I am the proud long time owner of many 1957 thru 1961 Giulietta spiders and a sprint and very passionate about the Alfa Romeo history. Sadly, based on how little enthusiasm they have manage to generate for two extremely capable cars to date, I see them exiting the US market again. The 4C was one of the worst selling models in recent automotive history. Leave it to the suits to ruin a great marque as they are also doing a good job of doing same with Ferrari.
 

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I'll play. I realize reasons to me might not be to someone else.

1) I don't expect the Tonale to sell very well in the US with the Dodge undercut, so you won't be seeing yourself at every stop light. In a few years I'd bet it will be the most often seen Alfa though.

2) The Tonale will not have whatever hidden de-contenting/cost cutting that has taken place to make the Dodge so much cheaper.

3) The Tonale is better looking despite some obvious similarities. You will also only be able to get the gorgeous 5 hole wheels that scream "Alfa!" on the Tonale.

4) While depreciation on neither brand is great, the Dodge will be worse percentage wise.

5) After the initial splash, advertising on the Tonale will likely be non-existent if Alfa follows past marketing habits. A bit down the road the Tonale will likely be able to be had at a decent discount, putting a dent in the price gap.

6) It's actually an Alfa. Researched, designed and built by Alfa.

7) You'd have to buy a Hornet at a Dodge dealer, then look at the Dodge badge the rest of the time you owned it, I'd bet in a short time you'd wish it was an Alfa. Don't see anyone enjoying the exclusivity and fun of the Alfa culture being long term happy with the Dodge.

I'm personally still not happy about the Dodge thunder stealing and I could probably come up with some pretty good reasons to buy the Dodge too thoug
 

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Dodge hornet will be sold for $10-$15,000 less in the same platform and it’s gonna be available in a ICE gas 2 L all wheel drive with more power. So once again, corporate is circumventing the Alfa Romeo dealers with their her own product. Gas motor may be more powerful in the Alfa, but the hybrid setup will be the same, but dodge has some gimmick power button. Plus the 9 speed trans will be fantastic in the Alfa and the Alfa is much better looking inside and out. Hornet may have more comfortable seats though. ;)
 

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-colored interior ambient lighting
  • matrix led headlights
  • free first oil change
  • loaner when your car is in service
  • better looking exterior
  • better looking interior
  • more exclusive car

Not sure they are good reasons though.:)

Insulation might be different between two cars too who knows.
 

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Dodge hornet will be sold for $10-$15,000 less in the same platform and it’s gonna be available in a ICE gas 2 L all wheel drive with more power. So once again, corporate is circumventing the Alfa Romeo dealers with their her own product. Gas motor may be more powerful in the Alfa, but the hybrid setup will be the same, but dodge has some gimmick power button. Plus the 9 speed trans will be fantastic in the Alfa and the Alfa is much better looking inside and out. Hornet may have more comfortable seats though. ;)
2.0T Hornet has less power; 268 hp Hornet GT (256 2.0 Tonale Canada) vs 285 hp 1.3T PHEV

PowerShot doesn't seem to help. Hornet R/T w/ PS does 0-60 in 6.1 seconds (per press release).

Tonale PHEV does 0-60 in 6 seconds, so the same.

9AT is for the 2.0T gas powered. Which is a slow dog in the Jeep Cherokee.

6AT is for the 1.3T PHEV.
 
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