I've owned the first tricycle Tundra since 2007. My research, like others, included all the similar high wing planes by Murphy, BushCaddy,etc, as well as Maule. I decided on all aluminum rather than tube and fabric. Dealing with DreamAircraft was a very positive experience and continues to be so. I wanted a rugged airplane and the Tundra beats the competition--the stout wing connections, no oil-can effect in the fuselage, double floor, struts, main gear, etc. Taking out the rear seats is a 3 minute exercise. We load up all our camping/fishing/hunting gear and the pup--. One negative-- the front seats could be wider--if you're a big person, you might want to put larger seats and give up the center console.
I've owned 2 Cessna 182's and parts/maintenance costs were outrageous--for example, just the stem for a fuel tank switch valve was $900 for my 182, but a new 3 way valve for my Tundra was $239. The Superior XP-360 is an excellent improvement over the Lycoming I had in my 182. So, you can buy an old Cessna, like I did, and have almost unaffordable annual maintenance and downtime, or you can own a new lost maintenance bird.
Flight performance is what DreamAircraft publishes and I love it ! It cruises at 110 kts--I've checked this over and over--110 kts, not 109, not 111 kts. Slow flight is 58 mph and no one has been able to get this bird to stall unexpectedly. My last biannual was with an old crop duster and, of course, he had to take the stick ( AND I'd NEVER go back to a yoke !) and went thru near aerobatic maneuvers--the smile never left his face.
You don't really need an autopilot, just trim her up--I do considerable cross-country and added WAAS IFR --sure my Cessna was a 130 kts machine ( any one says 150 knots is smoking something)--so, in a 6 hr cross country, the Cessna gets there about an hr ahead of me--just more time on the ground for them
---I often fly at 55% power and lean of peak and burn 6.8-7 gals/hr. Superior confirmed that even with my carb engine, flying lean of peak at 2300 squared cannot hurt the engine. When in a hurry, I fly 2450 squared and burn about 9.5 gals.hr, depending upon altitude, ambient temps, etc.
I've landed this bird in 300 ft, takeoff depends, but it is short enuf for me. I'm more interested in landing short in an emergency that short field takeoffs.
Let me know if you have specific questions and I'll do my best to answer.