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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,708 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 miscellaneous problems

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2012 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 172014


  • 55,000 miles


Bluetooth connection drops regularly, causing a distraction to the driver.

- Manchester, MO, USA

problem #2

Jul 082015


  • 40,000 miles
I was in my driveway, applying brakes as I began coasting to a stop in front of my house when the car suddenly accelerated smashing into the front of my house. Middle of the day, no rain, not impaired, flat driveway. Air bags did not activate. Paint/scratches on the front bumper and cracks on the house stucco but no major damage. Acceleration started just a couple yards from the house. Honda dealership could not find any evidence of a computer or other problem.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 162012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 125 miles
Two days after purchase of the vehicle, the vehicle has rough idle upon start and stalls. This has happened three times in three days. Honda has no fix for the problem at this time. Honda advised they are not aware of the problem, yet I was able to find NHTSA reports that involve the same problem.

- Hampstead, MD, USA

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