Notes: The 2012-2013 Honda Pilot have a small complaint trend of owners reporting the engine hesitates sometimes when accelerating.

While it's not a widespread trend with the Pilot, it's a little concerning because of the possibly safety ramifications. While it's certainly something to keep in mind, most Pilot owners are not experiencing this problem.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,615 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2012 Honda Pilot brakes problems

brakes problem

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2012 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 232012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 1,780 miles


Traveling at low or at highway speeds the brake pedal has excessive travel and causes an excessively long delayed stop. Also, when coming to a stop and waiting with the brake pressed for several minutes, I.e., 3-5 minutes at a red light or longer time at a railroad stop, the brake paddle will slowly start traveling to the floor. Have to pump the brake to bring it back up, then, the problem keeps repeating. Several trips to the dealer trying to resolve the issue. They bled the brake system and contacted Honda's main technical department, they claimed this was normal operation and compare it to other Pilot's. not an acceptable answer. There should be a recall.

- Keene, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 232011


  • 1,450 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the brake pedal would depress too far downward before the brakes actually engaged. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently not start. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, who was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 1,450.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

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