Originally Posted by Joseph DAndrea
...how the heck are you supposed to get it out without getting oil all over the exhaust?
On my 2013, there's a doohicky (ie, funnel, channel, viaduct) below the oil filter that catches the oil and routes it to a small pipe. As long as your drain pan is under that pipe, you should be able to catch whatever comes out as you unscrew the filter.
One important note: once you break the filter free, turn it slowly so you don't sling the oil beyond the span of the aforementioned doohicky.
As for pre-filling the filters, I've had pretty good luck filling them about half-way, then tipping them on to the threads and getting them started before any oil leaks out, or at most, only a few drops.
After I get the filter on, I wipe down the doohicky to clean off any remaining oil.
All that said, I agree, I wish all oil filter mounts were vertical, or close to it. Seems like sometimes when a new engine comes out, they take a step backwards