1.How long is my daily commute? Do I have to pay for parking/toll everyday?
2.How much can i afford as far as monthly payments go if I was to lease? (Personally I wouldn't lease a car unless I had a disposable income but that's just me)
3. By going the used route do I really want to spend all of the 11k on that car? What if it has mechanical problems down the road, how will I pay for it?
4. Can you do basic maintenance on your own? Change fluids like engine and ****** oil, tire rotation?
My very first car was a 1998 Toyota Camry, got it with about 90k miles on it. I drove it up to 150k before the rear main seal needed to be replaced and I decided to let it go and get a new car but that car held it down for me. Never gave me any issues just had to do basic maintenance and replace things as they broke down which will happen with every car over time.
If you're getting something with 70k+ miles on it whether it's a Honda/Toyota or not something will happen down the line depending on how well the previous owner took car of it.
My suggestion would be to get maybe a 04-06 camry with low miles for around 10k or less depending on how many miles it has. If you do decide to go the dealer route remember they need you and you DON't need them. Obviously Honda would be a great choice also, could find a civic lx for cheap.
No idea where you are in NYC but here's a decent deal. Price could be lowered a bit.
Sorry for the long post