Have been following this thread because our son has a Gladiator or Rubicon 4 dr. on his radar. Like you, we are Jeep owners whom have caught flack just for being Jeep owners.
My very first pickup truck was a '52 Willys (Jeep). It was also my first vehicle restoration along with an engine swap to a Chev V-8. It was an extremely rugged vehicle. When we traded it, a trucking company used it to snow plow and pull-start semis in the winter. I just happened to be at the dealership when an employee had it in for service a year later and said it was serving his company well. It may well be in service 53 yrs later.
Our son and daughter-in-law have owned 2 Jeeps since they were married-a Jeep Wrangler 2 dr. and an original body style Liberty. Both of those vehicle have over 150K miles with no major problems. They have been serviced regularly and have had minimal repairs.
We located a 3 yr old 2012 Jeep Liberty with 8,007 miles bought new by an elderly lady whom was at the end of her driving days. It was a dream to set up as a toad and it has been flawless since. Other than oil changes and a recent set of tires, not worn, but 8 yrs old and planning a long trip, just one recall for a seat sensor. Yet, we have been advised that these are trouble vehicles to the point of telling us "good luck". So, we assume that they know Jeeps as-well-as we do, because we have always had good luck-if you can call it that. Good luck=durable.
We have also seen information that Jeeps do not hold their value. Try to convince someone selling/buying one used.
Enjoy your Gladiator and enjoy the flack that comes with owning a Jeep. It gives pause to smile!