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Cirrus SR 22 VS Cirrus SR 20 Comparison

Updated: Jan 30, 2020


Cirrus SR20 vs Cirrus SR22

At its core, the SR20 is a composite light business jet with a single piston-engine. It was first introduced onto the market by the American aircraft manufacturer Cirrus in 1999 and since then the SR20 has seen over 1000 models delivered. This aircraft was unique because it was the first produced general aviation aircraft equipped with a parachute to lower the plane to the ground in case of emergency. Hot off the success of the SR20 was the SR22 which was certified in late 2000 and was first delivered in 2001, just two years after its predecessor. The SR22 claimed to be better than the SR20 in many aspects, which may be why from 2001-2017 over 5000 units were delivered to customers.


Despite the SR22’s success over the SR20, there are still many similarities between the two aircraft that can be explored. Also, if you are a first time client, the differences between the two can be hard to spot. In this post we will explore those similarities and differences, and we will also compare the purchase price of the two.



Similarities

A common safety feature that the SR20 and the SR22 share is the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS), which is a parachute designed to land the whole plane safely in any kind of accident. Another similar safety feature is the airbag seatbelts located in the front two seats of the aircraft.


The two aircraft also have 4-5 seats available, with both using something called 60/40 flex seating. This is basically a split and folding seating arrangement in the back of the aircraft. The two aircraft also have four USB power ports and similar landing gears. The dimensions of the aircraft are also identical: the wingspan is 38 ft 4 in, the length is 26 ft, the height is 8 ft 11 in, the cabin width is 49 in and the cabin height is 50 in. The two aircraft also have many avionics in common, such as Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin® Cockpit, Synthetic Vision Technology (SVY®), GFC 700 Autopilot and more.


There are a surprising amount of similarities between the two, so what are the differences?


Differences

The range of the SR20 is 627 NM, which is good if you want to fly around the area. You could even go on a trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The SR22 has the higher range at 811 NM, giving you more options for traveling.


Cirrus SR 20 vs SR 22 range. The center point is Denver, Colorado. The black line is Cirrus SR20 range and the red line is Cirrus SR22 range.

The SR20 has a speed of 155 KTAS (knots true airspeed) while the SR22 will have a faster speed of 184 KTAS. So far, despite the plane looking virtually identical the SR22 travels further and lets you move faster.


Cruise speed for Cirrus SR20 and Cirrus SR22

The useful load, which is the load able to be carried by an aircraft in addition to its own weight, for the SR20 is 922 lbs while the SR22 carries 300 pounds more at 1340 lbs.


Useful load for Cirrus SR20 and Cirrus SR22

The climb rate is also differing for the two. The SR20 has a climb rate of 781 ft/min (3.97 m/sec) and the SR22 has a climb rate of 1270 ft/min (6.45 m/sec).


The takeoff ground roll is how much the aircraft has to roll before becoming airborne. The takeoff ground roll for the SR20 is 1685 ft (514 m) and for the SR22 it is 1082 ft (330m). This difference can be important when thinking about what runway distance you have available to you.


The landing ground roll is, of course, how much distance the aircraft will travel when it has touched the ground to when it will be stopped. The SR20 will need 853 ft (260 m) before it’s fully stopped and the SR22 will need 1178 ft (359 m). How much runway needed is a factor to consider when thinking about these two aircraft.


So far it has been clear that the SR22 is more powerful than the SR20. This is also true when it comes to their engines. The SR20 has an engine horsepower of 215 and the SR22 has the greater horsepower of 310. This means that the SR22 will give you more of a kick when you’re up in the air.


Engine horsepower for Cirrus SR20 and Cirrus SR22

Purchase price

Another big difference that concerns potential customers is the purchase price. We got information about retail prices from VREF as of September 2018. Here we will compare the 2004, 2007, 2009, 2013 and 2016 models. The 2004 SR20 model is 125,000 dollars while the SR22 is 190,000, a 65,000 dollar difference. The 2007 SR20 model is 165,000 dollars while the SR22 is 285,000, now a 115,000 dollar difference. The 2009 SR20 model is 230,000 dollars and the 2013 model is 340,000. In those same years the SR22 is 375,000 and 510,000 dollars respectively, which is well over 100,000 dollars when compared to the SR20’s prices. And finally the 2016 SR20 model is 400,000 dollars while the SR22 is 670,000, a 270,000 dollar difference.


It is clear that the SR22 is better in several ways when compared to the SR20, but the price will still be higher. In the end, you are paying more for a better aircraft.


Retail prices as of September 2018 for Cirrus SR20 and Cirrus SR22

Summary

These two aircraft, with their similarities and differences, are often recommended for different types of customers. Their lower price when compared to higher-end light business jets makes them more affordable to first time users. When you are looking into making your first aircraft purchase, it can be confusing when thinking about which of these aircraft is a good fit for you. But to put it simply, the SR20 is a good aircraft for those who want a nice and gradual introduction to the world of aviation. While on the other hand, the SR22 will allow its users to be in an all around more powerful aircraft. In the end, it is up to you to decide which of these aircraft is a good fit for you.

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