I'm with you on this one the prop rod to is a very, very cheap way to support the hood when you think their cheapest model ever the Cobalt had pressurized shocks to hold the hood up. Unfortunately even the most expensive Buick Encore has a prop rod and it isn't listed as an option. There may be an aftermarket kit but I've never seen it or it would already be on both my vehicles.
I also what struts for my hood, looks so much better and its easier opening the hood. I had found them once before and didnt order them and now i cant find them again. there probably around $90 i think.