Compared to the last Chrysler I drove, the ride was a decent compromise between road feel and ride, perhaps a bit harsher than the traditional "floating on air" Chrysler customer expected. Because it is front-wheel drive, cornering was strong on understeer. This was unfortunate, because it has enough power to delude you (until the first serious corner) into thinking you might be driving a sport sedan.
It was very quiet -- even more quiet than my Jaguar, which is a reasonably quiet car. The navigation system had something weird about it. It was a Garmin in-dash unit, and usually worked okay -- but there were times that I am convinced that county roads in Indiana confused it horribly.
Gas mileage was better than I expected: 27 MPG on what was almost entirely highway driving.
Indiana Tech is in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which turned out to be a much rougher place than I expected. Unfortunately, it is too close to Chicago and Detroit, and gangs have been expanding into the area for some years, apparently. (More about that later.)
Like a lot of Midwestern cities, it has a lot of 1920s buildings, some quite neat in an art deco sort of way, like this hotel:
I guess that it should not surprise me, but there are a surprising number of Catholic churches in this part of Indiana, such as this cathedral and adjoining buildings:
Fort Wayne has a gorgeous county courthouse, but you only get to see the outside:
The inside looked very promising -- but no cameras, cell phones, or other devices capable of making an image are allowed inside. There are a lot of different rules in different states. Oregon, for example, allows concealed handgun licenses to carry inside courthouses unless they have metal detectors. Idaho does not allow it (although we are allowed to carry concealed and openly inside the state capitol). Why no cameras?
I asked one of our native guides, a law student at Indiana Tech, and the son of a local judge. It seems that people that testified in criminal trials were being photographed secretly in the courtrooms, and were sometimes dead within a day. It is a sobering reminder that when you are dealing with gangs, all sorts of horrible things happen.
The trees were turning, but had not been stripped of their leaves yet (as was the case in Connecticut the next week):