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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,500 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2012 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 202015


  • 45,000 miles


Vehicle developed a vibration around 45000 miles in rear and thought tires needed rebalancing. That didn't help and after vibrating on a 1600 mile trip had dealer replace tires with original brand and size after discussing problem with them. $1000 later I took the car back to dealer and complained about vibration. They rebalanced tires on hi tech balancer. 275 miles on new tires and still vibration is there. Went back today because of vibration and they did software update and replaced right rear tire. Service manager and then general both rode with me I vehicle and they agreed the vibration is still apparent. They think it's inherent with the Honda Pilot. It obviously is not something that is normal. Who what's to drive a car vibrating all the time.

- Homosassa, FL, USA

problem #1

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

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