2016 Honda Pilot AC / heater problems: A/C blows hot air from rear vents

A/C Blows Hot Air From Rear Vents

2016 Honda Pilot

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Honda dealer.

CarComplaints.com Seal Of This Might Hurt

CarComplaints.com Notes: It's worrying when the top category for 2016 Honda Pilot problems are transmission problems. Owners report jerking when accelerating. Also as the first model year of the redesigned 3rd generation Pilot, it's not a good sign.

Honda released a TSB on October 29 2016 that's possibly related. The TSB deals with a "a judder from the torque converter lock-up clutch ... while driving between 20 and 60 mph" due to deteriorated transmission fluid resulting from "specific driving conditions". In the TSB, Honda states they are developing a software fix to try to keep the transmission fluid temperature within spec.

We are keeping a close eye on this defect trend because if certain driving conditions can affect transmission shifting in the first year of ownership, we'd hate to think what 10+ years will do.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
26,250 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
Get free help with your lemon!
close ad
2016 Honda Pilot AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2016 Honda Pilot:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2016 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 022018

Pilot Touring

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


To replicate issue:

- Have both front and rear areas set to instrument panel vents (this is critical to replicate the issue) - Turn off rear instrument panel vent - Front instrument panel vents will get colder - Rear panel vents will start to blow hot air - Turn on rear instrument panel vent - Front instrument panel vents will still be cool but not cold as when the rear vents were off

It's a design flaw and Honda needs to extend warranty on this. Luckily it was covered under extended warranty but the bill was $1500. The fix was to replace the heater core. The issue is back once again.

- npolite, Drexel Hill, PA, US

problem #3

Jul 012018

Pilot EX-L 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

This is a fairly new 2016 Honda Pilot which has actually been pretty terrible based on the low mileage and all of the issues i have had with this car. the rear A/C actually blows hot air and when the rear A/C is on then the passenger and drivers A/C blows hot air as well. a very, very annoying issue. Honda should have had a recall due to this problem but has never even mentioned it when it has been serviced. wont buy any more honda at all.

- Juan A., Miami, FL, US

problem #2

Jun 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

When the front AC is on, the back AC blows hot air and when you put the back AC on, the front is not as hot it actually turns lukewarm. I have trouble with the heat in the winter also. I work 45 minutes away from home and when the heat gets up to temperature it's good but then right when I am getting to work, the heat blows lukewarm when it comes to an idle (at a stop sign etc....)

- Shannon Wales D., New Milford, CT, US

problem #1

Jun 062017

Pilot EX-L 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles

When I turn on both A/C (front and back) no problem. (all air outlet (front/back) come out cold air)

When I only turn on the front A/C, rear air outlet comes out hot air.

It should be coming out as previous setting temperature. (Why is heating valve open at Low temp set)

Update from Jun 13, 2017: Today I went to the service center, they say A/C system has updated.

So, uploaded my pilot, it's reduced to about half of the amount, but still hot air came out.

- Seung Hyun N., YongIn, South Korea

Not what you are looking for?