General Motors has announced that its new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickups will carry class-leading EPA highway fuel economy numbers when fitted with the 200-horsepower/2.5-liter base engine. In rear-drive form, both trucks earn 27 mpg on the highway when the engine is paired with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. Coupled with a 20-mpg city stat, they net a 22-mpg combined rating. Opting for the 6-speed manual gearbox trims one mpg from their city/highway numbers, but does not change the combined rating. Step up to an automatic-only/4-wheel-drive version and the city/highway/combined figures dip to 19/25/21 mpg. 

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Earlier this month, the automaker confirmed that the Colorado and Canyon also will lead the mid-size pickup segment in fuel economy when fitted with the optional 305-horse/3.6-liter V6, giving these new truck an edge on rivals like the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Final stats released today indicate that a rear-drive/V6-powered GMC Canyon also will be the segment leader in payload, with its 1,620-pound maximum. It will hold a 30 pound advantage over its Chevy Colorado cousin which comes with heavier steel wheels in place of the Canyon's standard alloy rims. 

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