One of the biggest competitor vehicles to the Honda Civic is the Sentra made by Nissan. This car has been side by side with Honda in terms of reliability. The only issue is the resale value of the Nissan is not quite as high as that of a Honda Civic.
Nevertheless, this Nissan Sentra car donation is always a great option for a first car. This would also make for a great commuter to and from the city, running errands, etc.