Try an older Volvo. That are like indestructible and very safe. Might not be the most fashionable cars but they last forever. My friend had one for her first car and it was 18 years old when she got it. She ended up giving it to get cousin & it had over 200,000 miles on it and is still running great! You can get them for cheap. Hers was only 900$
You must first set a reasonable budget. Then decide how you will use it like to school or ? In any event safety must be a high priority like as many air bag as possible. Because many new drivers have a collision soon after starting to drive.
Impossible to go wrong with Honda!!! Great mileage, low maintenance, fun to drive and last forever! Take care of your Honda and your Honda will take care of you! On my fourth and I drive gazillions of miles so trade about every four-five years. Resale value great too!!!