What is a good starter car for my sister she is going to drive next year?
I think the Honda series is one of the best for a new learner. Other appropriate ones are the Ford Crown Victoria and the Toyota Camry. Here are some of the cars you can consider; http://autos.aol.com/gallery/used-cars-for-kids/.
Ford escort, the later 90's
Honda's are really reliable and can take a beating lol
Toupees are very reliable and not super expensive to fix. No matter what the vehicle is, it shouldn't be expensive. A first time car is basically a throw away car.
73 pinto or pacer should do nicely.
Honda. Any Honda vehicle is reliable and can take the abuse. Easy to do mechanic repairs. So go get em', tiger!