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Well, now for something totally different! This week I am behind the wheel of something extremely large, gold and, well, large! My latest tester is the 2012 Dodge Durango Citadel, which certainly is an apt name considering this vehicle’s size.

The Durango was completely redesigned in 2011, but this is my first real look at the new breed (I did have a quick drive in it at AJAC’s testfest this past fall). Based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, this Durango is no longer the old-body on frame design of yesteryear, but is now based on a unibody construction.

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My tester, the Citadel edition, is powered by a 5.7-litre Hemi V8 engine with MDS (multi-displacement system) technology that is mated to a new-for-2012 six-speed automatic transmission.

The Citadel model is what I would consider to be fully loaded, with features such as 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, ventilated Nappa leather seats with perforated inserts, eight-way power passenger seat, sunroof, SmartBeam auto-levelling xenon headlamps, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, power tilt and telescopic heated steering wheel, and a media centre with touch screen, 20-GB hard disc drive and navigation system.

I fully expect that this week will not be as easy on the wallet as the last few. If your plan is to carry seven people, some cargo and tow something large, the Durango may be on your shopping list, so let’s put it on my resumé this week and see how it performs.

2012 Dodge Durango Citadel
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $55,645

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).