The Liberty remains offered in a choice of rear or four-wheel-drive layouts. Four-wheel-drive models don't track quite as well on the road, but in either model the steering is reasonably responsive. That doesn't translate to great maneuverability, as it feels uncertain especially over choppy highway surfaces, but it does translate to good low-speed maneuverability, which some city-goers who take weekends on the trail will appreciate.
This Jeep's forte is, of course, off-roading, and for that we recommend you start with the Renegade model, which comes with skid plates, tougher wheels with all-terrain OWL tires, and tow hooks—all of which get you geared up for the trail—though with some on-road sacrifice.
Command Trac is one of two four-wheel-drive systems offered in the Liberty; it's a part-time system intended for trail-running, while Selec-Trac II is a full-time system that's also off-road capable but better oriented for snowy roads.