My very first car, the Toyota Corolla, can take a new driver quite far!
I recommend a Toyota Corolla as a first car. It was and still is my first vehicle! It is extremely good on gas and I have gone very far with very little fuel in search of a gas station. It is a very basic car. There are not any of the features of the vehicles of this day and age but the windows (four door) are automatic, you have a really good air conditioning system/fan/and heating system. The seats and floor are made out of material that can be easily stained unfortunately, but it is really not hard to keep clean. Altogether, the car fits 5 people (adults mainly speaking) 2 in the front, 3 in the back. I currently have a car seat for my 4 year old child that stays safely in place so it is decent for taking rides but I would not recommend taking a family or full car road trip in it due to size. If you can make it comfortable though, the little sedan will take you far. My Corolla is an automatic but I have heard of them being made in manual form. There is a large trunk to put all of your gear in and definitely a few extra items as well. But as I mentioned earlier, this car is best for a first car and it is fairly basic!