A month ago my wife commented to me that buying a Prius was probably the most mature decision that I ever made. I traded in my SuperCrew for a Prius. I had been driving a pickup for the past 15 years so the decision was not an easy one. The Cost: My at the pump cost has dropped from $45/week to $22 every other week. But, what about hauling stuff? The Theory: I did breakout the tape measure before I bought the car and in theory I could haul 8' long lumber. But, this was going to be the first real world test. The Test: I needed to buy a few 2x4's. Home Depot here I come. I didnâ€™t have the guts to park in the â€œcontractorâ€ section. You know the section of the parking lot next to the huge rollup doors, with the 20-30 pickups, logo vans and generally large construction vehicles. So, out I come, with the rolling cart of lumber. I open the passenger door, remove the head rest. Slide the seat all the way forward. Tilt the seat back (very tight fit). Open the rear door. Drop the â€œ60â€ part of the rear seat. Open the hatch. Spread out two large trash bags. Slide in the first stick . . . and it fits. Then the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and the 6th they fit. I lower the hatch, give it a push and â€œclick.â€ The Results: Six 2x4x8's lying flat. No straps. No red flags. And, I get to return to the â€œreal manâ€ section again. Be damned the looks Iâ€™m sure to get. I can haul lumber!!! Now, if I can only stop my friends from making fun of me and my new-found maturity.