Well, if your singular purpose for purchasing one is to go rock crawling and heavy trail driving, then the long wheel base is NOT a plus, as in ANY vehicle of similar dimensions.Neat to look at but utterly useless.
People should buy Wranglers for offroading. The length of the Gladiator makes them stupid for the purpose. Also a F-150 will do the same as the Gladiator but for $15K less and you get a Eco-boost engine. Now if they had made a 2 door in the Gladiator they would have been onto something. But alas these are just over glorified mall cruisers that will never see a trail b/c they can't safely.