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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,500 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2012 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 092013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles


Vehicle pull to one side on flat surface. Honda dealer claim that it is due to road curve. They perform the following: Wheel alignment and tire rotation. Did not fix the problem. When driving and hit a bump, vehicle shift from left to right or right to left. The blame the tire is bad but the vehicle is less then 1.5 years old. They perform the following: Wheel alignment and tire rotation. Did not fix the problem. Steering wheel is loose. I can turn the wheel more than 3 inches before the wheel turn. They perform the following: Wheel alignment and tire rotation. Did not fix the problem. Knocking noise in front of vehicle when rocking the steering wheel left and right. Dealer apply grease. Vehicle vibration at around 40-45 mph and 20-25 mph. Feel like something with the drive train. They stated it was a common Pilot all of these issue the dealer dismiss because they stated it was all in Honda specific. I believe that for a vehicle that is less than 1.5 years old, this is just [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Yonkers , NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 272012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
Driving back from Illinois to Texas and started to feel vibration when the engine's vcm would activate. I was going about 65mph and slowly eased off of the gas, when I slowly pushed on the gas to speed up again I felt a vibration on the floor board that would not stop until I gave it more gas. This has been going on ever since. Even yesterday when I drove to san antonio and today when I drove back to houston, I have taken the car to the dealership 4 times in has not been fixed even though the head mechanic did a ride along and agreed there was vibration. The dealership states they cannot fix the problem. They say they are waiting on Honda to give them instructions on how to fix it.

- Katy, TX, USA

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