Quick update after my first oil change. My mileage went up to 27 combined, however since that oil change it has been almost entirely city. prior it was 24mpg. So it's starting to get better. I did the oil change at 3k miles, from what I've been reading this car takes up to 5k, so I'll likely do another oil change around 6k before switching to 5k oil changes.
As for my avg daily commute. It's 4.8miles. There are about 5 traffic lights and there is a highway stretch for 1 mile of it. The next long segment is about 1.2 miles of 35/45 speed limit.
I think its just a bad route for this car. Once I take a highway trip, I'll update again.