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Tonale Shades: The Internet Reacts To The New 2023 Dodge Hornet

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Is it the missing link of the Dodge Hornet or a rebadged Alfa Romeo Tonale? And can’t it be both?

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Dodge is finally getting into the compact crossover segment that it’s been conspicuously absent from for some time. The American automaker expects the hornet 2023a Stellantis primo of the Alfa Romeo Tonale, will bite the competition right in the sales figures and No cause some swelling.

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But that really depends on the buyers. Will they take Dodge’s version of the small SUV and spend there instead of something like a Honda CR-V or Canada’s most popular vehicle in the segment, the Toyota RAV4?

2023 Dodge Hornet GT
2023 Dodge Hornet GT photo by dodge

The Hornet appeared on the scene yesterday and generated a lot of strong opinions. Its simple SUV-ness made some early adopters willing to whip out their wallets, while its shared platform with the Tonale sent others into anaphylactic shock.

Here’s what the internet has to say about the newly unveiled 2023 Dodge Hornet.

Let’s start with those who say “yes,” because they know there will be a lot of hurtful things said on Twitter about Dodge’s latest effort. For those loyal to the Dodge brand and looking to get into a new crossover, of which there are plenty, this is likely the ticket. It’s AWD as standard, it comes with a PHEV powertrain option, and while Dodge hasn’t released a price for the Hornet, it has said the GT will be priced “under $40,000.” Oh, did we mention it’s a crossover?

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Digging into the details, one of the Hornet’s most compelling features seems to be the PowerShot button on the R/T that causes the battery to push around 25 horsepower for 15 seconds, allowing for quicker acceleration. More speed at the push of a button is clearly something Dodge lovers can get behind.

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People were also drooling over the GLH (Goes Like Hell) model which is at the top trim level with lower suspension, black chrome exhaust, 20-inch direct connect wheels and a power-to-weight ratio that beats the old Omni from the 80s. .

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The Hornet’s exterior styling is in line with other Dodge SUV offerings, with narrow headlights and a small red logo on the slim upper grille. This is a good thing, a bad thing, or just something, depending on who you ask.

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Over the years, Dodge has pretty much cemented its reputation as a maker of big trucks and muscle cars. As such, some of its fans can’t seem to get on board with a small, electrified compact.

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There was even a bit of ‘height shaming’ and a few references to a nameplate on a retired Dodge sedan.

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But as Dodge’s first all-new product in 10 years and the evolution of a nameplate that has passed from one brand to another since the 1940sThe Hornet isn’t intended to be a stylistic beacon for the automaker’s future. It is meant to sell.

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It is a crossover, after all. That also means it’s not designed to shred rubber and tempt noise complaints like the brand’s red-eyed muscle cars.

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Dodge’s pioneering compact will be built in Italy at Stellantis’ Giambattista Vico plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Naples, Italy, which is also where the Alfa Romeo Tonale is built. The two crossovers share a ton of running gear and the same basic silhouette. Surely no one will notice the similarities, right?

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However, saying that one crossover looks like another crossover in today’s automotive landscape is a bit tricky, since comparisons can be made between virtually any two models.

What do you think of Dodge’s foray into the small crossover multiverse? Did the dish North American drivers are starving emerge, or is it simply overcooking an Alfa Romeo Tonale and shipping it west in a Dodge-branded takeout container?

The 2023 Dodge Hornet GT Trim is available to order now and should arrive in dealerships later this year, followed by the electrified R/T model in spring 2023.

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