Use a Denso first time fit oil filter. Turn it down until torque stop hits purchase. No leaks and easy to remove everytime.
I went to denso.com and entered the relevant vehicle information. Surprisingly, they responded with “we don’t have that particular oil filter for your vehicle.”
No worries. I have three NAPA platinum filters on the shelf for that ride.
I am about 1,500 miles short of the warranty OCI of 6k miles. I want to try my Pela 6000 fluid extractor this weekend to see if it will work on that 2.5L. Either way, I’ll change the oil and filter.
On the last oil change, I recall watching the tech tighten the WIX by hand; no filter wrench. Either the gasket itself has an issue or some contaminant got between the gasket and the filter base.
I’ll re-post after the OCI.
Thanks for the replies, BITOGERs.