The JGC certainly has more offroad prowess but the Explorer has a few features I prefer such as:
- Ford MyTouch (I have the 430N and it's user interface is no where near the My Touch)
- 3rd Row Seating
- Head Rest DVD Entertainment
The Explorer competes more with the upcoming Durango which is built upon a stretched JGC chassis.
I wouldn't go as far to call the JGC a crossover but it isn't a Body on Frame design and it's Uni-Body design is the same as the Explorer.
Jeep didn't invent terrain control, several other manufacturers have had it for years most notably Range Rover.
Also the feel of the buttons in the JGC are not on par with it's 42K+ price tag.
All that being said I still prefer my Overland V8 to anything else out there in the sub 55K market.