It makes a great first car!
My 2003 Honda CR-V has been running for the last 16 years with 230,000 miles on it! The starter finally died after 15 of those years. It's a pain to replace the starter as you have to remove the engine block to get to it. Good thing the starter lasts practically forever! The vehicle is very reliable with excellent gas mileage (28 mpg). It makes a great first car, mine has been through two accidents in each of which, it should have been damaged. However, this car only suffered a mere scratch and dent from both accidents! The vehicle is very spacious with plenty of legroom all around. The back seats fold down allowing for large cargo to be transported in the back of the vehicle. My only criticism regarding this vehicle is two wheel drive, definitely purchase a four wheel drive vehicle if your planning on winter driving. Also, changing the fuses below the steering wheel are challenging as the driver's seat only moves back so far. I'm a rather lean and limber individual and even then I still had trouble replacing those fuses under the steering wheel! If you take of the car responsibly though, don't be surprised if you get 400,000 miles on it. Even though mine has went for only 230,000 miles, I feel that it has a lot of life still in it.