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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
8,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2016 Honda Pilot Owner Comments

problem #1

May 012016

Pilot Touring 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles


I own the 2016 Honda Pilot Touring Edition. I noticed that my back plastic lower bumper panel has a very sharp line molded into the plastic the whole width along the top. This is what you step on when getting up into the cabin. I am seeing this edge break off in several areas from my dog going in and out of the back. My dog must be leaping off the sharp edge and because the material isn't strong on this sharp point, it is cracking off. I took to Honda and they won't cover it. I called Honda Care and the same thing. Honda Caron told me, I was the first complaint. I just don't think I am. I feel that if Honda would have made this edge more of a radius, this would have eliminated the sharp edge on the bumper cover and make this area stronger to wear and tear from going in and out of the back cabin...

- gmarkxs63, Erie, PA, US

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