The $26,495 EX 2.4L marks the engine’s last appearance in the Optima hierarchy, and the only appearance of “regular” leather upholstery. Designed to serve as the most luxurious non-sporting Optima model, it fills the role well with a 10-way power driver’s seat with 4-way power lumbar adjustment, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear A/C vents, heated front seats, satin chrome inside door handles and accents, a pair of rapid-charge USB ports, and push-button start.
The frosting appears on the exterior as well, including 17-inch alloys, LED running lights and taillights, power folding exterior mirrors, the Smart Key keyless entry system and the perfectly-named Smart Trunk which will pop open on its own just by sensing you standing near it for a few seconds with the Smart Key in your pocket. But those aren't the only premium toys you can get on your Optima. The rest, however, costs dearly.
The EX Premium Package, for instance, is $2,300, but that adds a 10-way power front passenger’s seat with power lumbar adjustments to match the driver’s side, ventilation for both seats to supplement the heating, the previously-mentioned panoramic sunroof package, ventilated front seats, and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
Once the Premium Package is paid for a $3,000 EX Technology Package can be had. It includes an eight-inch touchscreen navigation display unit with real-time SiriusXM traffic, a 630-watt, 10-speaker Harman/Kardon surround audio system, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, an electronic parking brake, and auto-dimming headlamps.