With proper maintenance any modern car should make 150,000 miles. Sitting up higher than a Corolla suggests a crossover, and the price and desire for low maintenance costs suggeats one of the more basic ones. If you are in an area with cold, snowy winters, get an AWD.model. Subarus tend to be complex, but good for people who need AWD. Not many are under 25k, but a very basic Forester or SV Crosstrek would come in under the wire. If you don’t need the extra room, I’d get the SV Crosstrek.
If you live somewhere with mild winters (as your name suggests) AWD should be avoided unless you like driving on poor roads. None of these crossovers is suitable for hardcore offroading. AWD adds complexity and weight, reduces gas milage slightly, and is one more thing to break. Excep for Subarus, almost all crossovers also come in a cheaper FWD version. For you, a Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 or Mazda CX5 would be suitable. The Mazda is likely to be the most efficient. Reliability should be good for all three. A cheaper alternative is the Kia Soul. It may not be quite as well made, but it might be, as Kia has improved dramatically in the last decade. It’s more of a tall car than a crossover, but it is very roomy and straightforward.
If you can drive a manual and one is available, that’s another money saver. They need simpler, cheaper maintenance and don’t often need repkacement, as automatics sometimes do as they age (often due to neglect).