If you're looking for a good deal on a minivan, you'll find one in December. That's because many automakers are pushing to meet sales goals, leading to deep discounts and strong deals. We've listed some of the top minivan deals below on nearly all of today's vans, aiding shoppers looking to pull the trigger right away on their next family car.

Chrysler Town & Country

Many deals are available on the Town & Country this month. For cash buyers, Chrysler is offering up to $1,500 back on most 2013 models, or $2,750 on leftover 2012 Town & Country minivans. Buyers interested in financing the minivan will also get a good deal, as zero percent interest is the norm for qualified buyers. For the 2013 Town & Country, zero percent is available for up to 36 months, while the 2012 Town & Country offers zero percent for up to 72 months. Some models even offer cash back on top of the low interest rate. Lastly, Chrysler is offering a 36-month lease deal on the 2013 Town & Country with payments starting from $279 after $2,999 at lease signing.

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Honda Odyssey

The popular Honda Odyssey is available with lease and finance deals in December. Lease rates start at just $259 per month for 36 months for an Odyssey LX after $1,999 at lease signing. An Odyssey EX is just $20 per month more. For shoppers who would rather put nothing down, an Odyssey LX starts at $310 per month for 35 months, while an EX is available for $340 per month. For those who would rather finance the minivan, Honda says a 2012 Odyssey is available with 0.9 percent interest for up to 60 months.

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Kia Sedona

Though the Kia Sedona minivan may not return after 2012, leftover models offer strong deals. For cash buyers, Kia is offering up to $2,500 back on all 2012 models - the best cash back deal among minivans. Buyers who would prefer to finance the van can get interest rates as low as 1.9 percent for up to 36 months plus up to $2,500 cash back. Shoppers trading in a minivan from a competitive automaker will also find a good deal, as Kia will pay $1,500 cash to such "competitive conquests." The same offer also applies to loyal shoppers trading in a Kia they own for the new Sedona.

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Mazda5

Mazda's compact Mazda5 is the smallest minivan available. It uses a four-cylinder engine and seats six: two up front, two in the middle, and two in back. In December, the Mazda5 is a good deal for shoppers looking to finance. That's because Mazda is offering interest rates as low as zero percent for up to 60 months. And to make that offer even more appealing, the brand is coupling it with up to $500 cash back. That's not bad for a vehicle that returns nearly 30 mpg on the highway, besting practically all of its competitors.

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Toyota Sienna

Two different deals are available on the Toyota Sienna in December. For qualified shoppers interested in financing the minivan, Toyota is offering low interest rates. The brand says those rates can go as low as zero percent for up to 60 months, even on the latest 2013 models. Shoppers looking to lease will find deals starting at just $289 per month for 36 months. While that figure requires $2,999 down at lease signing, it's based on a well-equipped Sienna LE - meaning the steep down payment may be worth it to get important comfort features like a rearview camera and power sliding doors.

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What it means to you: If you've been holding off on buying a minivan, December minivan deals mean now may the best time of the year to finally pull the trigger.

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Jeffrey Archer is fortunate to have turned a passion for cars into a career. His wide-ranging automotive experience includes work for automakers and dealers in addition to covering the news. When not writing, he spends his time searching for unique cars on AutoTrader.com.

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