Chris, you said 4k miles for change, what is the time period? Mine is a low mileage toy (that does go on regular rides) I do it every 9 months. Compared to Ford OLM I do it 4 times in three years compared to it's reccomended 3 times. Makes me sleep better at night. I would think since you drive such short distances it may be smart to do it more often maybe twice a year unless you start cruising. Color of the oil is not the only indicator of quality. Hopefully it just needs to be changed has your mpg changed? That may be an indicsator of problems but it is getting colder even in the south and that does affect mpg.
2012 V6 traded in for a 2017 VW GTI.