I’m well aware of the payload differences between the 180 & 235. If one planned on carrying 3 or even 4 adults regularly, and especially on x/c flights over 8k feet, it’d be the 235 all the way. I believe the 235 was intended for 4 business adults to be able to get around. But if a pilot was going to spend a lot of time flying solo (occasionally carrying 1 passenger and only light luggage) the 180 seems to be just as good, due to the lower fuel burn, FP prop (even though there do exist 235’s with FP), and the lower engine overhauls. An o-360 OH ain’t cheap, but will definitely seem tolerable when compared to overhauling an o-540. Lastly, the cruise performance doesn’t seem to be all that greater for the 235. A lightly loaded 180 can true close to 130 kts. For those who have flown both aircraft solo (or with 1 passenger), how does the climb, cruise, and service ceiling compare between the two?