Kitplane maker Lancair bills the Mako as a four-place alternative to the Cirrus SR22 that sells for a fraction of the price. When you dig down into the specs, it's hard to quibble with that assertion. The Mako offers a BRS full-airframe parachute, icing protection, air conditioning and a Garmin cockpit with all the latest technology, such as synthetic vision, integrated three-axis autopilot, active traffic, ADS-B In and Out and FlightStream wireless flight-plan transfer technology, all for about half the price of a new Cirrus. The Mako is a kit, so you have to build it or pay Lancair to help you do that job. Even with most of the cost of building the kit included, the turbo Mako has a base price of $385,000. That's a deal for an airplane that can cruise at 225 knots, fly 1,100 nm and take off from 2,000-foot runways. For buyers who can get past the fact that it's a kit, the Mako is an airplane that delivers a lot for the money (including its automatically retracted nosewheel), which is why we picked it as an Editor's Choice Award winner.