Exactly. Your experience shows the reality of the EPA city estimate. Stop/start in city driving kills MPG. Especially when you need to throw in rapid application of heavy throttle to get around traffic, and even more especially when you take the few opportunities you get to safely wind it out.I get right what it says on the sticker - 20 city, 27-28 freeway on 91 in Los Angeles, sometimes 18 or 19 city. I prefer shifting at the lowest around 3000-3500. Surprisingly I tend to get 22/24 when hitting the canyons with lots of sustained higher rmp.
In every car I’ve owned, I’ve gotten the best MPG on country roads. They give you the freedom to drive smoothly while driving rapidly. It’s a great feeling, perfect for this car, and promotes good MPG. I wish more of my local roads were like that.