Best Hybrid Wooden and Steel Roller Coasters

You're probably familiar with steel coasters and wooden coasters. But did you know that there is a kind of coaster that combines elements of both? The rides feature a wooden structure with a unique type of steel track. You can learn about them in my feature, "What is a Hybrid Wooden and Steel Roller Coaster?"

They are uniformly wonderful rides. But some are better than others. Let's count down the top hybrid wooden and steel coasters.

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    Twisted Colossus at Six Flags Magic Mountain
    ••• © Arthur Levine.

    It has the IBox steel track -- all 5000 feet of it -- that distinguishes hybrid coasters. But it also has twin lift hills and drops, a racing feature, and a storied past life as a movie star (really!). Read why Twisted Colossus merits a rare 5-star rating and is one of the best coasters out there.

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    Iron-Rattler-SF-Fiesta-Texas.jpg
    ••• © Arthur Levine.

    It climbs 179 feet, drops 171 feet at a precarious 81 degrees, and reaches a wild top speed of 70 mph. Oh, and did I mention that it races aside, atop, and into a stunning limestone quarry wall? When it was known simply as Rattler, it was a miserable all-wood coaster. After Six Flags transformed it in 2013 to the hybrid Iron Rattler, it catapulted to coaster greatness. Read my review.

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    New Texas Giant coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
    ••• © Arthur Levine.

    The hybrid coaster revolution began in 2011 at Six Flags Over Texas when the park changed out the wooden coaster track of its Texas Giant coaster for a steel track and dubbed it New Texas Giant. It's a wonderfully smooth -- and just all-around wonderful -- ride. Read my review.

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    Wicked Cyclone at Six Flags New England
    ••• Six Flags. Used with permission

    Six Flags took another one of its aging wooden coasters, the Cyclone, and gave it a hybrid makeover. The result? It went from wicked rough to wicked awesome. I have not posted a review of Wicked Cyclone, but I have ridden it. I give it 4 stars (out of 5). Like I said, it's wicked awesome.

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    Now you know which hybrid coasters are the best. Are you ready for more?