I need to load objects up to 50 pounds in and out of my car. They're amplifiers, and I'm a musician. I need to take them to and from gigs. Trouble is, I'm 60 years old. Sooner or later I'm going to slip a disc or bust a gut. I'm looking for a car (new or used) that gets good mileage (not a truck -- a mini-SUV would be okay) and has a semi-large freight area whose rear loading height is 24 inches (or less). It should have a flat bed, not the kind of hump that you get when you fold down the rear seat. Ideally, I'd like a tuck-away freight ramp so I can roll things up into the bed, but I suppose that's too much to hope for.
The Honda Element measures 27 inches at the rear, and I'm sure there's no loading ramp. (Hey, maybe a pulley system to lift things? Nah, that's a fantasy.)
Has anyone wrestled with this dilemma? Suggestions? Thanks!