Which One? Piper Comanche, Mooney 20J, Cessna 182RG, V35B Bonanza?

Which One? Piper Comanche, Mooney 20J, Cessna 182RG, V35B Bonanza?

[Edit] I’m no longer looking but this popular video (89,000+views, 322 comments as of July 2022) effectively showcases these 4 great airplanes.

I’m considering upgrading from my Piper Warrior to a more mission capable airplane. In this video I profile these four contenders: Piper Comanche 250/260, Mooney 20J (201), Cessna 182RG, V35B Bonanza.

My mission which is 155 to 160 knot cruise speed Less than $150,000 The occasional 600- 700 mile cross country.

From my research the Piper Comanche 200 series and the Cessna 182RG (technically the Skylane R182) have very similar performance profiles. I admit to a lifelong love affair with the Comanche but the convenience of the Skylane high wing design is very compelling.

V35B Bonanza. In addition to being the fastest of the bunch, the V35 has the Bonanza cachet. While not exactly a performance characteristic, the Bo’s sex appeal cannot be denied. As great as those three airplanes are, most of my flying has been solo or with one other person; a profile for which the Mooney 20J is well suited.

In the video I cover the basic performance characteristics of each airplane plus the (few, overall) persistent maintenance issues. All things considered for me personally, after researching these airplanes I lean toward the Cessna R182 Comanche 260B. I didn’t go into which one I prefer in the video because the exercise of making the video produced the research needed to sway me toward the Cessna. If you’ve owned, flown, maintained or have a preference for one of these airplanes please share it with us in the comments below!