HondaJet Elite versus Cessna Citation M2

How do the HondaJet Elite and the Cessna Citation M2 compare side-by-side? What are the advantages offered by each model and to whom do they most appeal? Mike Chase analyses the performance and productivity parameters.

Mike Chase  |  30th April 2021
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Over the following paragraphs we’ll consider key productivity parameters for the HondaJet Elite and Cessna Citation M2 (including payload, range, speed, and cabin size) to establish which aircraft provides greater value in the Light Jet market, and in which areas.

Does speed drive the decision to buy a jet, or is cabin volume or longer range more important to you? It is hoped that the following comparison will help.

HondaJet Elite

As an upgrade on the HondaJet HA420, the HondaJet Elite is Honda’s second aircraft. The HondaJet Elite has noise-reducing engine inlets, and a Garmin 3000 avionics system designed to improve flight planning, stability, and safety. 

As well as offering a reduced cabin weight, the HondaJet Elite has auxiliary tanks that increase the fuel capacity. The result is a 17% increase in range over the original HondaJet model.

As of this writing, there were 51 wholly-owned HondaJet Elite business jets in operation worldwide, with four in shared- and seven in fractional-ownership, making a total of 62 jets in operation.



HondaJet Elite Very Light Jet in flight
How much do the jets cost?
Cessna Citation M2
$5.305 m
Honda HondaJet Elite
$5.300 m
What is the payload?
Cessna Citation M2
1,510 lbs
Honda HondaJet Elite
1,552 lbs
How many Passengers
Cessna Citation M2
4 / 5
Honda HondaJet Elite
4 / 5
What is the range?
Cessna Citation M2
1,183 nm
Honda HondaJet Elite
1,171 nm
What's the long range cruising speed
Cessna Citation M2
323 knots
Honda HondaJet Elite
360 knots
What's the cost per hour
Cessna Citation M2
US$1,461
Honda HondaJet Elite
US$1,393

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Mike Chase

Mike Chase

Editor, Aircraft Comparisons

Michael Chase owns Chase & Associates, an aviation consulting firm specialized in industry product and market research in the Commercial & Business Aviation sectors.

With over five decades of extensive experience, Michael has worked as a director of special projects for JETNET, LLC; served as Senior Management Consultant for Sabre Holding; and was Director of Market & Sales Research for Gulfstream Aerospace, leading sales and product research, including feasibility and viability studies.


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