We've searched through automaker incentives and special offers to bring you our latest list, which focuses on hatchback deals available throughout December. It includes incentives and special offers on many of our favorite new hatchbacks. 

Ford Focus 

The Ford Focus is a popular compact car sold in 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback body styles. Both include 4-cylinder engines. For shoppers interested in a Focus hatch, Ford has several deals available this month on the 2013 model. The best offer is for qualified drivers looking to finance, as Ford is touting 0 percent interest for up to 60 months, plus a whopping $1,500 cash back. But cash buyers get a good deal too, as Ford is touting up to $2,500 cash back on the 2013 Focus SE hatchback. If you'd rather have a 2014 model, expect deals to start with $1,500 cash back and 0.9 percent interest for up to 36 months. 

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Honda Fit 

The Honda Fit is a subcompact 5-door hatchback designed for shoppers who live in crowded cities. With a new model on the way, Honda is offering several incentives this month on the 2013 Fit. For shoppers looking to lease, the Fit is available for 36 months with payments from $149 per month after $1,999 down at lease signing. Those who would rather put nothing down can get payments starting at $200 per month. And for qualified drivers looking to finance, Honda is offering 0.9 percent interest for up to 60 months or 1.9 percent interest for 72 months. 

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Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra GT is a 5-door hatchback with an efficient 4-cylinder engine. In December, shoppers interested in a 2013 Elantra GT can choose among several incentives. For qualified buyers looking to finance, Hyundai is offering the Elantra GT with 0 percent interest for up to 72 months. For drivers who would rather lease, the Elantra GT is available with payments from $179 per month for 36 months after $2,699 down at lease signing. And for those looking to pay with cash, Hyundai is offering $1,500 back -- a rare "no strings attached" deal that doesn't require drivers to trade in a competitor's car or own a Hyundai currently. 

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Kia Rio 5-Door 

As its name implies, the Kia Rio 5-door is a 5-door hatchback. It also boasts a fuel-efficient engine and recently updated styling. And through the end of December, the 2013 Rio 5-Door is offered with two incentives. For shoppers paying in full, Kia is touting cash-back payments of up to $500 -- a deal that can be combined with an additional $400 cash back for members of the military. For qualified drivers looking to finance, Kia has several low-interest offers available this month, ranging from 0.9 percent interest for 36 months to 1.9 percent for 60 months or 2.9 percent for 72 months. 

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Nissan Versa Note

The Nissan Versa Note is a recently released 5-door subcompact hatchback. In December, the 2014 Versa Note is offered with incentives for shoppers looking to lease, finance or pay with cash. For those looking to pay in full, Nissan is offering up to $1,000 cash back -- a big number for a car that starts around $14,500 with shipping. For shoppers looking to lease, Nissan is offering the Versa Note with payments from just $139 per month for 36 months after $1,999 down at lease signing. And for qualified shoppers interested in financing, the Versa note is available with 0 percent interest for up to 36 months plus $500 cash back. 

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What it means to you: Shoppers interested in a practical new car should check out our list of the latest hatchback deals for incentives and special offers on some of our favorite models.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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