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:
5,357 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #3

Dec 072012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 154 miles


I purchased this vehicle (2013 Honda Pilot ex-L) on 11/26/12 and almost immediately began to feel an annoying vibration when the vehicle was in eco mode. This vibration can be felt in the steering wheel, console. Seats and throughout the cabin. It is most noticeable on level stretches of roadway when applying light pressure on the fuel pedal. The vibration or "flutter" diminishes when more pressure is applied to the fuel pedal. When taken in to the dealership I was told this was a normal characteristic of the vehicle. After contacting Honda customer care I was told it would be checked into and have heard nothing further.....

- Hudson, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 052013


  • 300 miles
2013 Honda Pilot touring 4WD purchased on 2/2. brand new, only 5 miles. After 3 days of owning, my wife was driving to work in it, and the check engine light started flashing and the engine ran very rough. She pulled over, turned the car off and restarted it after a min or 2 of waiting and it ran normal. She then continued her drive to work without issue. A few days after that, I had the same issue. After about a week, I determined that after a cold start, if you went up to around 2800-3000 RPM, then engine would run very rough and check engine would flash until you shut the car down. Since I could replicate the issue, I called for a service appointment. Before we were able to get to the service appointment, the check emissions system light also triggered. On Monday 2/18, we took the vehicle in for service and got a loaner Accord. On Monday, the call from the dealer was, nothing is wrong. I asked if they did it after a cold start since my wife said that when dropping the car off. Uh, no, so they kept the car. Tuesday morning they said there was an issue. They told me that the oil pump in the vehicle was turning out too much oil pressure which was triggering some sensors in the vcm system. This was causing it to not work properly. They said they would order a replacement oil pump and I'd be on my way. Later on Wednesday, they called back to say they were on backorder and I'd have to wait a few more days. On Thursday, they called back to say they won't have a replacement oil pump until April. The Honda factory rep said to order a new shortblock as a replacement as it has an installed oil pump.

- Grayslake , IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 092013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 600 miles
While slowly backing out of parking place into the street, the engine suddenly and unexpectedly accelerated out-of-control to very high rate. Caught off guard, the engine RPM was not noted, but driver quickly decided that the only solution was to turn off ignition. There was no mat on pedal, and driver does not operate brake and accelerator pedals with two feet. Engine re-started and functioned normally.

- Temple, TX, USA

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