The best advice I can give you is to install your oil filter by hand. You must put some oil on the rubber seal before installing it. If you don't, you'll need a wrench to get it off the next time. Do not crank it on with a ton of force. It isn't going anywhere. I am able to remove the oil filter (by hand) from above when doing oil changes now.
The only time I ever needed a filter wrench was to remove the factory-installed filter...which is put on without oil on the seal and is jacked on with way too much force.
You don't need to remove any shield under the car to change the oil. When the oil drips out of the filter area, it will fall through a relief designed into shield.
View my fuel log 2015 Mirage ES 1.2 manual: 51.8 mpg (US) ... 22.0 km/L ... 4.5 L/100 km ... 62.2 mpg (Imp)