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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,331 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.

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2013 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 202016


  • 36,000 miles


My Honda Pilot ex-L model has 36500 miles. It all started after 20000 miles, breaks started feeling spongy and takes longer distance to stop the vehicle. When I took it to dealership, they told me the breaks are working as designed. Now my steering is shaking vigorously when I apply break after 40 mph speed. Anything lower that speed steering is less shaky but I can feel the steering is shaking even in that speed. Now breaking distance is lot longer and during red lights I am crossing the line during intense traffic stops.

- Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 172015


  • 200,000 miles
Key will either not go into ignition key lock, or it will go in but you can't turn it to start car

- Avon, CT, USA

problem #5

Feb 162015

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 154,000 miles
My ignition key will not turn at times. I have to insert and remove the key multiple times until it turns. It happens randomly but seems to be getting worse as time goes by. I am afraid that one day I will get stranded. I noticed that several people have reported that Honda is aware of the issue.

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #4

Jun 262013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 15 miles


Vehicle pulls to the left. The dealer performed an alignment after my test drive and it improved slightly though technician indicated he found nothing. Had vehicle aligned by dealer again at 5000 miles as it was pulling left again. Technician found alignment needed correction. Vehicle stills pulls to left and gets worse the more we drive it.

- Manchester, ME, USA

problem #3

Mar 082013


  • 5,500 miles
Intermittently when starting to drive after being stopped at light or stop sign the engine will hesitate and bog down for a few seconds before it "kicks in" and then there is a "surge of power". this is very annoying and also very dangerous as someone could easily get rear-ended or worse yet get caught in the intersection in oncoming traffic. There is also vibration and shutter at certain speeds and seems to be worst when eco mode kicks in and when driving conservatively. There is also a pull in the steering upon acceleration.

- Punta Gorda, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 072012

Pilot 6-cyl

  • miles
2013 Honda Pilot. Consumers write in regards to vehicle shudders, pulsates and vibrates intermittently during normal driving conditions. The consumer stated the shudder, pulsating and vibration occurred intermittently during any and all driving conditions. The consumer was informed by Honda representatives ad technicians that vibration was caused by the variable cylinder control system and it usually started after 1000 miles. The consumer was informed Honda was working on a fix, but may or may not have a solution in the future. Also, there was a very distinct and constant pull to the left in the steering system. The fuel system alert light illuminated after the tank was filled with gas. The consumer was instructed by the dealer, to remove and replace the gas gap. The alert light went out. The consumer stated the vehicle shifted harshly and it felt as though he transmission was failing. The consumer stated the problem became worse as time went on.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #1

Oct 252013

Pilot 6-cyl

  • 5,800 miles
My Honda Pilot stalled without any warning and without any engine lights appearing while driving on two way side roads and entering a highway. Emergency brake release handle was not working or releasing the brake appropriately same day. Honda can't replicate the issue so they say the car is to go with me. No explanation for incident. Manufacturer had them put something in the computer to read 15 second prior to and after a stall. This is an unsafe vehicle to drive for me, my family and anyone around me if it is undiagnosed and unexpected. Power steering and brakes lost so risks are high. I run the risk of causing an accident, injury, and/or death to anyone in the car or others. I filed a complaint with Honda, [xxx] case # [xxx] without resolution and wastold to pick the car up from the dealership or I be charged a fee. The car was at bernardi Honda in natick and they did all they could to replicate and work with Honda, I was told by them to pick the car up or be charged a fee. They are aware that the manufacturer is involved. I went to pick the car up on Saturday November 2, and discovered the emergency brake release cord is still broken and there were scratches on my car. I left it there so they could order parts and fix scratches. Please assist if able. I read about two recalls by Honda for the Pilot and Odyssey regarding unexpected braking and how you assisted! thanks. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Needham, MA, USA

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