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CarComplaints.com 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.

6.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
7,150 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 062013

Pilot E-XL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is an issue of hesitation, the engine lags when the car is going between 35-50 mph. It seems to be associated with the car switching between ECO and non-ECO mode.

- dnszot, Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #5

Jun 102014

Pilot EX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

Began random hesitation 4-5 seconds at slow speed but now occurs at higher speed, (up to 45 mph). Very dangerous pulling into traffic. Local dealer shrugs it off, says Honda knows of problem, no fix yet.

- P C., Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #4

Aug 012014

Pilot LX 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles

After slowing down with brakes, then trying to accelerate again, there is a several second delay before the engine begins to respond. This is very intermittent and I have not been able to recreate it to show to the service manager.

- Joe P., Spring, TX, US

problem #3

May 012014

Pilot

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The car hesitates for several reasons....driving with two feet, driving down a decline, going around a corner at a low rate of speed. The accelerator goes dead. You must lift your foot completely and then the accelerator will work again. Dealer says no idea what it is and can't repeat it. Many people with 2011-2013 pilots on online forum confirm this issue. VERY DANGEROUS !!!!

- H P., Mineola, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 022013

Pilot LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 275 miles

Dealer says no one has had that problem before. Told me to wait till it gets worse then maybe they can find the problem.

Very dangerous when making a left or right turn. If the car pauses at that time be ready for an accident.

- Pat R., Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 302013

Pilot EXL 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 475 miles

hesitates when cruising at 40 to 60 mph

problem started the first day of new car purchase. hesitates around 40 to 60 mph. went to dealer. they were not sure how to fix it. said it could be a software problem and would contact me. It's been over 2 months and no one has called me. good luck with honda!

- dweissman, Daytona Beach, FL, US

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