Jeff, you don’t post your background but you typify a guy new to aviation. What you say is largely true, conceptually, but hey - welcome to aviation where we pay more, enjoy less and have poor reliability to make up for those shortcomings. No one can afford to develop a new engine, a new fuel system or even be on the bleeding edge of electronics in aviation. The FAA works hard to ensure that through over regulation. Actually that is not their stated reason, but it is the result of arcane rules. Move on over to experimental if you want true leading edge stuff. There are no production aircraft that give you what you aspire to. Cirrus does not develop engines or avionics, they rely on industry products and regardless of what you fly, if its certified, that’s the way it is. That is the state of the industry.
Only a 5 year delay? I typically expect almost a 10 year delay in consumer tech capabilities to make it into aviation. Even then it will cost 10X (at least) a consumer product.
You have not even hit on the biggies, only the user interface. We still use magnetos, why not electronic ignition? We have been dealing with a red knob for a long time, I predict we will for quite a while longer and the cost of retrofitting the current fleet virtually ensures we will have them for many, many decades. An alternative to 100LL will be found lest the majority of aircraft that actually buy the majority of fuel will be grounded. Think of this, if we get full FEDAC controls similar to our cars, who will fix them? Today’s cars demand highly specialized test equipment that gets allocated over many units that can be plugged in to diagnose problems. Guaranteed, due to high cost and low demand, to not be available in the central midwest when flying across country and you need service. Be careful what you wish for.
No, it is not dangerous. No more so than other planes. The real danger of flying low and slow is getting distracted and stalling the aircraft with no recovery time. It has happened to many a pilot in the past in many types. As others have said, it is not the side yoke that you are not liking. It is the spring cartridges. After many Cirrus hours I still think the artificial feel they impart was a poor decision. But we learn to adapt and all Cirrus pilots learn to or leave the type.
Interesting thought but did you know that aircraft of that size and type use boosted controls and you don’t feel them any more than you feel feedback in a FBW configuration. Interestingly, the Thunderbirds can fly a FBW system damn well. Anything can be mastered.
Good luck, you have much to consider.