I dont know who would buy the cirrus turbo. And you said same speed at SAME fuel rate. What if i ran a columbia higher, rich a peak. I dont see it a hip because even if does the same speed, people want to say they have the fastest plane.And plus the Acclaim is out!!
If I Remember the cirrus has a useful load of 982 pounds and less range then the sr22. Isnt that why you buy a turbo. Fast and fly far?????
Cirrus doesnt have the fastest planes, the planes with the most range, or even the best built planes (i would have to give that to mooney) but they do have the most comfortable. Honestly the range isnt a big factor because i dont know how many pilots fly behind the range of 840 miles (range of the turbo). And plus, they most be doing something right cause they sell more planes then columbia and mooney. Come back in 3 years and Cirrus will have a better Turbo. The first isnt the best.
Lets stay on topic (whos the better one, who will sell more, not criticizing companies).
I pick the Acclaim. But really, they all for different types of flying. If you are flying by yourself, take the acclaim. But if you are carrying 4 people half way across the country the Cirrus works better. The columbia is kind of an inbetween plane but they DONT have good rear seat space (i know that from experience). And remember, in the end these planes will all get you to your destination with a +/- of 10-20 minutes. From what i have tracked on flightaware most guys never use their turbos to there advantage (above 14000 feet or flying long flights)
Cirrus: comfort, okay speed (211), bad range (840-950)
Mooney: speed (236), best range of all of them (1615), small
Columbia: speed (235), okay range (1300)
P.S. i think oshkosh was a killer for Columbia with the Acclaim AND the Cirrus Turbo. Expect their sales to drop.