The Dodge Durango is a tough one for me. While I wouldn't say this is a city-worthy vehicle. I wouldn't say it isn't exactly not a city vehicle either. Enough double negatives for you? I guess what I'm trying to say is: I would rarely recommend a vehicle this large for living in an urban environment. On a day-to-day basis it's cumbersome and a little unwieldy. But ... if for some reason a city dweller needed a large SUV to cart 7 people around in comfort on a regular basis, this would be high on my list.
Durango has a great (read: awesome) turning radius, and I was able to get into and out of my cramped city parking lot without a lot of fuss. I was also able to get into and out of some tight city spaces--think U-turn in an alley--though it wasn't without some skilled (cough) maneuvering. However, there is something that would put this vehicle solidly in the city-worth camp: A rear camera with back-up sensors. This is such a large vehicle that not having these 2 items really puts the Durango at a disadvantage. The good news: If you upgrade to the Entry Navigation/Commuter Group ($695), these items are included.
The other tough thing about this vehicle: fuel economy. The R/T comes equipped with a 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI. And while the Dodge Multi-Displacement System works really well, you're still going to be lucky if you can hit 20 mpg in city driving. EPA estimates city/highway fuel economy of 13/20 mpg. I averaged 15 in combined, which is right in line with the estimates.
The tester was an upper-lever R/T AWD model with a base price of $37,995. Because this model has a lot of great standards (premium cloth that was better than leather, Bluetooth connectivity, push-button start), the only option was the Customer Preferred Package 24S, which had the media center with the 40GB hard drive and HD radio ($395). So the as-tested price with destination: $39,240.