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:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,582 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.

2013 Honda Pilot brakes problems

brakes problem

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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Jun 012011


  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that every time the brakes were engaged, that the brakes would shutter and that there was a vibration on the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the rotors failed and needed to be re-finished. The repair was made however, the remedy failed to correct the problem. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer, who then replaced the rotors. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 23,000 and the current mileage was 37,000. The VIN was not available.

- St George, UT, USA

problem #4

Oct 012013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 750 miles
Upon applying the brake in an avoidance situation, I noticed the spongy feel to the brakes. What concerns me more, is that during the process of the event, the brake pedal settles down to below the height of the accelerator and if your foot isn't square on the brake pedal, you wind up hitting the gas while trying to stop the vehicle.. I need to talk with someone. This is most certainly a defect in design.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #3

May 132013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 2,207 miles
Brake pedal was spongy and seemed to go down too far. While stopped with the brake pedal pressed and maintaining a constant pressure on the pedal it would slowly go all the way to the floor. Dealer checked it out and said master cylinder was defective and replaced same. Approximately 4 weeks later while driving at approximately 65 mph a loud roaring sound was noticed and then a very noticeable vibration began. Pulled over and checked tires and noticed a smell that was almost like something burning. The Honda dealer was close by so I drove it to the dealer and left it there again. After checking the vehicle, they decided the problem was caused by caliper slide pins not releasing. The master cylinder was adjusted along with the brake pedal height and free play. It is now 1 week since that work was performed and once again the brake pedal goes to the floor with constant pressure applied while stopped at a traffic light.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #2

May 232013


  • 350 miles
Purchased new 2013 Honda Pilot approximately 5/15/13. Noticed over next week that brake pedal has excessive travel- requires pedal to be pushed much farther down than should be expected before the brakes begin to engage, resulting in longer stopping time/length. Took in for service at dealership on 5/28/13. Dealership returned on 5/30/13 stating they were unable to find a problem. Vehicle has not been repaired. Called another dealership- service person stated that this is a known complaint for recent Honda Pilot, caused by brake booster, and is neither adjustable nor fixable. Vehicle odometer currently 600 miles.

- Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 292012


  • 3 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that the brake failed to engage at normal stopping distance and the brake pedal felt soft. When depressed, the brake pedal would travel partially to the floorboard accompanied by an abnormal vibration occurred when driving 65 mph. The failure would occur when traveling over a flat surface or when the cylinder was in third. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and a diagnostic was performed that was unable to locate a failure code for the vibration or the brake failure. The dealer loosened the engine and the transmission bolts however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 3 and the current mileage was 2,400.

- Memphis , TN, USA

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