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:
9,735 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 fuel system problems

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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 052015


  • 30,000 miles


"check gas cap" light repeatedly illuminates. Dealers and mechanics say "tighten gas cap" or replace. Does not solve problem. Problem is fuel pump creates high pressure and when excess fuel goes through pressure regulator, fuel flashes to vapor; tank loses vacuum and warning illuminates, driver stops car in traffic to check, causing safety problem. Hundreds of complaints on internet. Honda should be required to fix the problem.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 182015


  • 17,500 miles
While driving up the driveway and turning the steering wheel to the right, the car accelerated by itself, tried to apply the brakes but the brakes didn't work causing the SUV to crash thru a concrete fence and down a 40 feet cliff.

- Caguas , PR, USA

problem #3

Jan 222013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 1,000 miles
Severe hesitation when trying to accelerate at low response for 1 to 2 seconds...extremely dangerous when trying to turn or pull into moving traffic...problem is sporadic but frequent(2-3 times per week.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 212013


  • 100 miles
I have a 2013 Honda Pilot, less than 1 month since purchase. At speeds from 20 mph to 70 mph my engine and car will, vibrate, shudder. There is also a low frequency noise that seems to vibrate in my ear which is also quite a distraction. It seems to happen most when I am on a flat or slight incline. The only way to get it to stop is to either speed up or let off the gas. This is very distracting while driving at highway speeds, and very frustrating since it is a new vehicle. I have taken it back to the Honda dealership and they said that they feel the problem, but they said that american Honda states that this is normal for this vehicle. I do not understand how this could be normal. A rough feeling, vibrating cabin and shuddering engine is not a normal operating car. It feels like something will break or come loose, which makes me very nervous as my children commute with me every day.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #1

Apr 152013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 75 miles
This report is for a new, 2013 Honda Pilot touring model with less than 100 miles on the odometer and has continued since. After the car is warmed up, and when the eco light illuminates, there is a shudder or a low frequency, rumbling vibration throughout the vehicle. This was first noticed while on the highway with cruise control set, but has since been observed at multiple speeds with or without cruise control. The vibration starts when backing off the accelerator after reaching a constant speed and continues until the engine loads down due to a hill or further acceleration. This also coincides with the eco light turning off. It does not appear to be related to a shift point, because when the accelerator pedal is depressed, the vibration stops and the engine rpms stay constant. The level of vibration is not as intense as that of riding over rumble-strips, but the frequency is similar. The level of vibration appears worse at higher engine rpms.

- Medway, MA, USA

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