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The 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale marks a crucial step for the luxury automaker as it enters the age of electrification. The compact SUV shares a foundation with the Dodge Hornet, both of which boast plug-in hybrid powertrains. However, the Alfa Romeo Tonale stands out from its corporate cousin thanks to its unique advantages.

Overview of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale

2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale front corner view
2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale | Joe Santos, MotorBiscuit

Starting at around $43,000, the Alfa Romeo Tonale packs a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine powering the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. According to Alfa Romeo, the Tonale also has a 121-hp electric motor driving the rear wheels, providing all-wheel drive capability. Their combined peak output is 285 hp. With a fully charged 15.5-kWh battery pack, the Tonale can travel approximately 30 miles on electric power alone.

The interior features easy-to-use controls, including a conveniently placed start button, an ergonomic steering wheel, and aluminum paddle shifters.

Equipped with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, the Tonale offers DAB radio, built-in navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, wireless charging, dual-zone air conditioning, keyless start, a power tailgate, and front and rear parking sensors with a backup camera.

Advanced safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, drowsy driver detection, speed assist, and traffic sign recognition.

The Dodge Hornet at a glance

The Dodge Hornet, the brand’s first new model in over a decade, also enters the plug-in hybrid market. This small crossover’s base model comes equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 268 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It also has a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive, providing capable performance.

In addition, the Hornet offers an R/T high-performance hybrid trim. Its turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder harnesses 288 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. This model incorporates an electric motor on the rear axle, a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. With the PowerShot mode activated, temporarily boosting power by 30 hp, the R/T can achieve 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. The R/T also has three other driving modes: Sport Hybrid, E-Save, and E-Power. Its estimated electric-only range is 32 miles.

The R/T and Hornet GT boast LED headlights and taillights, a black grille, body-colored door handles and mirror caps, roof rails, a rear spoiler, dual exhaust tips, and various interior amenities. Dodge starts the Hornet at $30,735.

What advantage does the Alfa Romeo Tonale have over the Dodge Hornet?

One of the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale’s most notable advantages over the Dodge Hornet is its standard plug-in hybrid powertrain. Every Tonale trim is a PHEV, allowing for efficient and eco-friendly driving. In contrast, the Hornet offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain on select trims.

In addition, the base-model Hornet has only a gas-powered engine, lacking the hybrid benefits that come standard with every 2024 Tonale. This distinction positions the Alfa Romeo SUV as a more eco-conscious choice, offering greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

What are the 2024 Tonale’s disadvantages?

Because the Tonale is a luxury SUV, it’s much more expensive than the Hornet. The Alfa Romeo crossover starts at over $12,000 more than the Dodge vehicle.

In addition, the Tonale’s 285-hp powertrain falls short of the Hornet R/T’s more potent 288-hp setup. Similarly, the Tonale’s torque figures are lower than the Hornet’s 383 lb-ft of torque, potentially impacting overall performance.

And while the Tonale offers an electric-only range of approximately 30 miles, the Hornet provides a slightly longer range of 32 miles.


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