Ed is exactly right. We came from an I/O and wanted a wake boat that was within our price range that didnt sacrifice comforts, features and most importantly, wake.
The wake is really nice on the A22. The integrated 3,175 really produces a clean wake without wash. When we demoed one, my gf was driving, ballast full and I was riding, I couldnt pull it from side to side, thanks to the gorilla fin and the wake wasnt washed on either side even 15ft behind me.
The seating is huge. The front is the pickle fork and it can seat 4 adults pretty comfortably. The features arent really lacking for sure. I couldnt think of what this one didnt have that others do. I came up with a built in cooler, and a heated drivers seat. Pretty much everything else could be ordered. It doesnt have a fancy GPS tracking system but its not anything I really want on there anyways. The gauge layout is simple and performs many functions. It tells, engine voltage, fuel, water temp, air temp, oil psi...it is a multi information center.
The OB area is quite large as well. I have had some friends comment its a bigger compartment area than their boat. The biggest thing the vandall package is compared to one with everything but the graphics is....well the graphics. What they do with the vandall package is put all the features in and put it at a lower price than if you were getting one custom built. But if you want to remove options off a Vandall edition, you cannot. We opted to just get a custom ordered tricked out color without tower speaker and I wanted my speaker holes pre-drilled. I put a wetsounds setup in mine and ordered everything like I wanted.
Axis is a sister company of Malibu and they are made in the same production line as Malibu. When you go down the line and look you will see a malibu and an axis both being built beside eachother. These guys dont skimp either. The quality is what you would expect with malibu and they take alot of pride in their work.
If you get the 335hp engine, I would suggest getting the High Altitude prop. It will let you throw more weight and still have the giddy up and go. We have the 335 and I thought it performed really well in the one we demoed. We havent even cranked ours yet due to winter still lurking around. I'm excited when we do.
We loaded it up with the LED package as well for a little bling and I like that its already done and their is lighting in all the storage areas as well for night retreats. The docking lights on the boat will come in handy and the trailer runway lights are a really awesome idea. We have the 18s on our trailer and it pulls like a dream. It is very solid pulling and was well built.
We are another set of happy Axis owners and I am really impressed with their build and quality.
Their customer service has been great too. I was able to be in contact with the dealer through the whole build and the people at Axis were great to deal with too. Everybody was willing to help and they all still are after the sale. I have nothing but good things to say about them.