2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Super Cruise: The Dream of Multitasking

Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Super Cruise Review Highlights:

  • GM’s partial-range Super Cruise is a $2,200 option on the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier
  • It doesn’t work on all roads and in all conditions, but it’s really smooth and simple to use and makes traveling with distractions less dangerous and mentally taxing.
  • If you understand what Super Cruise can and can’t do, it’s an attractive option on the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, especially if you spend a lot of time in city highway traffic.

Don’t get me wrong, self-driving vehicles aren’t here yet, but several companies are determined to make it a reality. And while Tesla’s AutoPilot hogs the spotlight, other partial-autonomy sequels, including GM’s Super Cruise, have arguably overshadowed its capabilities. But what is it actually like to drive…to ride…to experience (?) Super Cruise on a real road? I recently discovered him driving a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV.

The 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is the first non-Cadillac to offer Super Cruise

Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier 3/4 before 2022 | Matthew Skwarczek, MotorBiscuit

When GM first introduced Super Cruise, it was initially limited to one or two Cadillacs. Now, however, not only are more shopping carts offering it, but it’s starting to spread to other GM brands. And the first Chevrolet to offer it is the 2022 Bolt EUV. Well, a version of it.

I say “offer” because it’s not a standard feature. It’s a $2,200 option on the 2022 Bolt EUV Premier, the higher of the two versions. Also, the Chevrolet version of Super Cruise does not offer automatic lane changing like the Cadillac and GMC versions. Checking that $2200 box also gets you improved automatic emergency braking.

However, not including automatic lane change is not a cost saving measure. A Chevrolet spokesperson told me that this feature requires “GM’s latest electric architecture,” which the 2022 Bolt EUV lacks. The current Escalade, 2023 Chevy Tahoe, and several Cadillac full-size trucks and crossovers at come, however, have this architecture. So until Chevrolet revises the Bolt EUV, it will not change lanes automatically when using Super Cruise.

But the Bolt EUV’s version is far from a one-trick pony.

How it works?

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Like the Cadillac and GMC versions, the Super Cruise version of the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV is rated Tier 2 on the SAE partial range scale. So it absolutely cannot drive everywhere on its own. However, on certain roads and under specific conditions, he can control the Bolt EUV with someone attentive behind the wheel.

To use Super Cruise in the Bolt EUV, you must first enable adaptive cruise control. Then you must be on a route that GM has mapped with LiDAR in the Super Cruise database. By the end of 2022, GM says more than 400,000 miles of US and Canadian highways will be in the database. For now, however, it’s limited to just over 200,000 miles. Either way, you’ll know you’re on a compatible road when a small white steering wheel icon appears on the digital driver display.

Once this icon appears, center the Bolt EUV in your lane. Turning on lane keeping assist isn’t necessary, but it can help. Next, press the Super Cruise button on the steering wheel. If you have everything configured correctly, a green bar will light up on the steering wheel. And the bingo, here we go; you are now free to take your hands off the wheel.

Once Super Cruise is activated, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV uses its 360° camera system and radar sensors along with GPS and LiDAR map data to position itself on the road. And it monitors your eye movements with a camera on the steering wheel. If it sees you’re not paying attention, it’ll beep you, turn that light bar red, and shut itself off. So no texting and driving.

But you can also turn it off manually if you need to temporarily take control. This causes a blue light to appear on the wheel. Then, once you re-center the Bolt EUV in lane, you can re-enable Super Cruise.

How does it feel to use Super Cruise in the 2022 Chevy Bolt EUV on a real highway?

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I admit I was nervous testing the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Super Cruise on Chicago freeways. Yes, they are mapped in the database, but have you seen Chicago traffic? Nonetheless, I got on the freeway, activated adaptive cruise control, and waited for the green light. And with a deep breath, I pressed the button.

The first few minutes were…strange. I mean, you’re still scanning the road and the mirrors, but your feet aren’t on the pedals. And it’s just weird to see the steering wheel move on its own. But even on rough pavement, the Bolt EUV held steady.

I drove, uh, used Super Cruise for several miles going north to south on the highway. During this time, the system only deactivated once. When it branches off from I-90 heading north, I-94 curves east. I think changing the lane markings to this curve disabled the system, which is why it disabled. However, it gave me more than enough notice to get behind the wheel. That beep and light show helps a lot.

Otherwise, however, I cruised effortlessly (and quietly) in the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, my hands on the wheel the entire time. The EV never bounced off lane markers, lost its way, or steered hard around corners. Navigation was smooth throughout the ride, even over pockmarked spots with minor lane breaks. True, I did not have the opportunity to take it on a long road trip. But I expect that, if I paid attention, Super Cruise would work just as well.

If you’re a highway junkie, you’ll love using Super Cruise

The gray and white leather front seats and gray and white dashboard of a light blue 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier
2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV Premier Front Interior | Matthew Skwarczek, MotorBiscuit

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Therein lies the problem: you have to be careful while Super Cruise is running. So, to paraphrase a recent Road & Track sentiment, why not just drive yourself? The answer came to me while I was trying to readjust my backpack that had fallen to the floor on the passenger side. Although briefly, I had to take my eyes off the road to do so. And if I had my hands on the wheel, I would have to move at least one too.

In a normal car, it’s risky at best. But with Super Cruise, that’s not the case. Even if it’s only for a few seconds, it lets you grab dropped bags, reach out-of-sight objects, and turn towards your passengers without worrying about hitting anyone or anything. And how many times have you panicked-ate something in your car, trying to chew and pay attention to the road? I know I have. That’s no problem in a Chevy Bolt EUV with Super Cruise.

Also, what about road trips? I’ve driven backpackers in vans many times on cross-country treks. Having the Super Cruise safety net there would no doubt make those rides less grueling.

Is it worth getting it?

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As stated earlier, Super Cruise is an option on the top 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV trim. Even though the 2023 model is cheaper, that means paying at least $35,000 before taxes. Plus, Super Cruise doesn’t work without Chevrolet Connected Services. You get three years of standard connectivity, but after that there are subscription fees. Additionally, the system requires clear lane markings, not to mention clean camera lenses. And even then, it only works on mapped highways.

But even with those drawbacks, I still think Super Cruise is worth it, especially on the travel-focused Bolt EUV. After all the times I’ve been stressed out in city traffic, I’d gladly pay $2,200 to reduce my mental load. To paraphrase R&T again, commuting isn’t a fun ride – anything that makes it less sucky is useful.

No, Super Cruise isn’t entirely self-contained, though it’s arguably a stepping stone on that path. It is also not foolproof or a substitute for proper safety training. But it’s definitely a useful tool worth at least a test drive. Uh, roll.

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