This means both are fairly versatile in landing at similar destinations.
However, 50-100ft is a large difference when it comes to the runway!
Are There Budget Parameters For Your Purchase?
One of the most universal questions to ask is what are your budget parameters. This can be a huge determining factor when choosing between the Cessna 182 and the Cessna 172. It’s important to understand the extensive financing opportunities or leasing arrangements available to us as pilots.
Generally speaking, you will find the Cessna 182 will outprice the Cessna 172. This is mostly due to the performance increases. An aircraft that can fly higher and faster, but can also increase its utility, has a better value. However, this does not mean anything negative for the 172, as the price to performance ratio is often better than the 182.
Often, we see nearly a $50,000 dollar price difference to the 182/172 category on our site. This is a massive price difference for the performance and one you may have to consider. Is a smoother ride, faster cruise speed, and increased utility worth the cost of $50,000, this is a question you may have to ask yourself in the purchase decision.
AOPA offers an amazing aircraft loan calculator that should give you an idea of where you stand.
Check it out here https://finance.aopa.org/loan-calculator
Here are a couple 172/182 offerings on the market to give you a gauge for price.