I actually bought a 2014 for my sister's first car as well, I loved it so much!! It is the second cheapest car in America, next to the Nissan Versa, but when you factor in that automatic transmission and A/C are options you have to add to the versa, they are about the same BUT with the spark you get: 4 doors, surprisingly roomy backseat (yes, comfortable even for a teenager or adult), 35 mpg combined (I spend about half time highway and half city). With the LT trim, which adds a couple of thousand to the sticker price, you also get heated seats, a display screen that connects to your phone and certain apps, such as Pandora, leather seats (!), and a few other minor upgrades. The display screen and the heated leather seats are so worth it.
I loved the look and feel of my tinier, more fuel-efficient car. I've had it for 4 months now and I still look at it, and love it. My car is small, but it's durable. Unfortunately, I got into a small fender-bender, but my car barely has any blemishes. Just a dent. I love how I can fit in small spaces in traffic and when parking my vehicle. My only issues with it thus far are mostly convenience things that I didn't know it lacked. My push button key only unlocks and locks the hatchback. The rest of my vehicle must be locked by hand. My car also isn't very fast speeding up and it "struggles" a bit when slowing down, like you must apply the brakes slowly otherwise it'll feel like "bump, bump, bump". Not sure how to describe it.
I love my car. It gets great gas mileage and even though it looks small from the outside it is actually quite roomy; and that says a lot because I'm quite tall. The seats are comfy. It has ten airbags and plenty of cup holders, although I don't use even half of them. The hatchback is plenty big enough for me to transport things such as my tool box, car supplies and gym bag. I feel like I made a wise investment with this car. The only cons I have about this car is that there isn't a cruise control feature which makes long distance driving harder because my leg gets cramped after being in the same position for hours. I also am having issues getting so of the dashboard features set up like syncing my phone and getting the clock to change.