There are any number of places you can google to get a more detailed description if you have further questions of fellow posters. As for being female, that is no excuse ! :) However most folks who are not into cars, even folks that are REALLY into cars do NOT want to hassle much with repairs. So the oxxymoron is the "correct" rear wheel drive would tend to be the more reliable/durable. However the RWD model choices are pretty limited.
So if a compact fits your needs a (FWD) Honda Civic/Toyota Corolla, etc., etc., with manual transmission (if you are comfortable with and know how to drive a manual FOR reliability durability, if not,) an automatic transmission.
Try not to fall into the do dah trap!! The LESS do dahs you have, the more reliable it tends to be. A for example would be: it is hard to have POWER door lock problems, if your door locks are not power. It is hard to have cruise control issues, if no cruise control.( AKA, 2 less things to worry about.)
On a 04 Civic coming up on 80,000 miles, it has basically needed
1. new tires @ 74,500 miles,
2. It got an alignment to make sure the now 100,000 miles tires have a good shot @ 100k.
3. E brake (emergency) was adjusted
4. odometer bulb needed R/R. (this is a fluke and probably impossible to predict)
5. The thing is run on 20,000 mile OCI's (Mobil One 0w20,5w20 oil and filter change).
The thing runs like a top. However I am targeting 450,000 miles so.... don't ignore what you ultimately decide to buy.
All the best.