The second generation Hyundai Santa Fe was awarded 2008 Consumer Reports "top pick" and was among the top 10 vehicles for 2008 unveiled in the magazine's issue. The magazine's annual ratings, based on road tests and predicted safety and reliability, are considered highly influential among consumers. 
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In the United States, the new generation is offered in GLS, SE, and Limited versions. The new Santa Fe sees the return of a manual transmission, but only when mated with the 2,656 cc (2. 656 L; 162. 1 cu in) V6. The 3,342 cc (3. 342 L; 203. 9 cu in) V6 (a retuned version of the same engine found in the Sonata) is standard on the SE and Limited and comes only with a 5-speed automatic. Both 2WD and AWD models with a 3. 3 L have a fuel economy of 19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp) city and 24 mpg‑US (9. 8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp) highway. The 2. 2l diesel engine (not available in the US) with 186 hp (139 kW) has mixed cycle of 7. 2l and a city cycle of 8. 0l. The 4WD is a Borg-Warner Torque Management device, which diverts power to the wheels with best grip according to the amount of slip. If the front wheels spin slightly, 10% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. If the front wheels start to slip a lot, 50% of the torque will transfer to the rear axle. Body lean in turns, a problem with the previous generation, has been reduced in the new Santa Fe. Both road and wind noise have also been reduced.