Although the previous Pilot was previously considered a Top Pick in this category, we were disappointed with this model. It lost ground on interior fit and finish, as well as braking. Road noise remains omnipresent and the center console is crowded. That said, the Pilot is a very functional vehicle. Fuel economy is improved by one mpg overall, it still seats eight, and it drives pretty well.
Alerts
There are 9 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

Although the previous Pilot was previously considered a Top Pick in this category, we were disappointed with this model. It lost ground on interior fit and finish, as well as braking. Road noise remains omnipresent and the center console is crowded. That said, the Pilot is a very functional vehicle. Fuel economy is improved by one mpg overall, it still seats eight, and it drives pretty well. A rear-view camera was made standard on all trim lines.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Honda Pilot owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Part of bushing replacement as well as time to do it"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The control arm & bushings on both sides in the front of this Pilot had to be replaced and was costly. It was affecting the alignment and had prematurely worn out a set of Bridgestone tires. After repair, had to purchase set of new Michelins. $$$"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The repair was under warranty even though the 3 year/.36000 mile warranty had elapsed"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Noise when turning the wheels. Needed front control arm bushing and bracket replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Control arm bushing had to be replaced due to cracking/leaking. This is a common problem with Pilots. Cost $700"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"FRONT STEERING BUSHING WORE OUT AND CAUSED A BAD RADDLE IN THE FRONT END OF CAR"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had to get those replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Control Arm bushings were failing, which would have been a $500-$700 repair. Luckily covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Car was making a strange noise. It turns out the bushings on the front were rusted, along with the arms"

Anonymous, NY (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"See previous explanation regarding premature failure of control arms and bushings on both sides of front of 2009 Honda Pilot. We also used to own a 2009 Honda Accord EX (purchased new), and experienced premature brake issues with it"

Anonymous, SC (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Original bushings were completely worn out at 143000 miles"

James P., MI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"replace power steering pump and box under extended warranty"

Carl R., PA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"At low RPMs steering is VERY stiff; as if no assistance from the power steering system. The situation is most noticeable when maneuvering in parking lots. Changing the steering pump did not correct the problem. Questioning if the power steering syste"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Front struts worn and required replacement"

Jeffry V., FL (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"needed new ones"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Cost $1000 to replace and 4 wheel align"

Richard W., SC (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"had a clunking/vibrating/rumbling noise coming from driver's side; had to replace upper strut mount assembly and strut"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Need replacing, but not critical yet. I wish there were high end aftermarket shocks and struts like Bilstein"

James P., MI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replaced left sway bar link. Apparently struts are close to needing replacement"

Jim C., ON (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rack & pinion started leaking about two years ago. It needs replaced but I'm going to trade it in"

Chris C., IL (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"There is a shutter in the vehicle around 1800 RPMs. Originally thought to be misfires but supposedly is the steering shaft binding"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"the pilot shakes at highway speeds and the tire shop or the Honda dealer have been able to figure it out"

Stephen S., OH (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Steering wheel shutters when hard breaking or at highway speeds. Has been aligned and still does it"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Not a choice but had to replace front 2 axles"

Thomas J., WI (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Wore out much too soon at 70,000 miles"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Front right wheel bearing failed and was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The Arm Rests material shrunk and eventually ripped which took only a short time after the auto's warranty expired. Extremely disappointing"

Michael Q., IL (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The "leather" on the arm surfaces bubbled up and tore just after the warranty expired. Replaced center console lid and bought aftermarket leather for both front door arm rests which are of much higher quality material than OEM. Now the side panels of the door are bubbling up. This is a surface that doesn't have an arm on it, so solely attribute it to poor design/materials"

Ed D., OK (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Seat trim"

Anonymous, BC (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Clear coat failure and paint fading"

Jeffry V., FL (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is peeling/cracking by the tailgate handle"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"tailgate chips very easily"

Charles M., MD (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Clearcoat appears to be peeling off in spots"

F P., PA (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"White paint is chalking and there are color variations on bumper"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The rearview mirrors have peeling paint and the body between the doors is very faded"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Paint clear coat is pealing on rear passenger side of roof"

Anonymous, NE (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Ever since we purchased the car new in 2009 we've had issues with rust spots blooming up and out of the paint. These are tiny pin-prick rust spots. Most were on the rear gate but there are some on the doors. These are not rock dings that perforated the paint (rock dings don't happen on the rear hatch...). These are emanating from the metal upwards. Dealership thought the metal was not thoroughly cleaned prior to paint prep or the paint was contaminated. Dealership has repainted the entire rear h"

Michael C., WA (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on the tailgate, as noted in a recall"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on back hatch began to bubble from underneath near the license plate. Honda repaired it for free, calling it an extended warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"small areas of rust on the back door in the trunk area"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"premature tailgate rust"

Roger L., MB (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rust where handle attached to rear hatch. Repair covered by recall"

Gary G., WI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"See previous description"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Honda sent us a warning letter about rust on the hatchback door. I noticed paint and take the pilot to Honda dealer. They fixed it under warranty. Great job"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on the tailgate. Chrome grille and back tailgate chrome pitted and tarnished"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C is not cooling my car"

Judy M., MN (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"It needs to be recharged each spring"

Chris M., PA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"compressor would not cycle off even after car was shut off, so it drained the battery"

Ross B., MO (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Failed and had to be replaced"

Charles W., AZ (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"My battery died 3 days in a row, both going to work and trying to leave work. When looked at, the A/C relay switch had gone bad and was draining the battery. I had a new A/C relay switch plus a new A/C compressor installed and it was fixed"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Air conditioning stopped working as did the outside temperature and compass. Needed $800 part"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Rear AC blows heat all the time. Pulled fuse to stop heating in summer"

James R., TX (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The climate control modular/component had a electrical short causing arching in the engine bay, smoke, and rendering the Pilot not drivable. Even with the climate system turned off, the arching continued with the engine running"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A/C only blows cold air on the passenger side vents. The driver side vents is warm air only"

Chris C., IL (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Needed a relay replaced for the A/C"

Louis V., TX (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Relay failed. It had to be replaced with a different type of relay that could handle inductive loads, rather than the original which was designed for resistive loads"

Anonymous, ID (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"the blower motor for the heat is defective and needs to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Heating system is leaking cold air into the cabin from the passenger side. This has not been repaired yet"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Hoses leaked and were replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A/c quit working and found ir was the compressor was leaking"

Galyn L., CO (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"There is an undetectable small leak in the freon system"

Anonymous, IA (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"small leak from lower rad coolant line"

Ken B., ON (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

"Entertainment system (radio, navigation, clock) lost power while driving for no diagnosable reason more than once"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"seat belt/airbag light would shut off"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"These lights turn cloudy. Something should be done about this. The Federal government should require all car manufactures to make better headlights. I think these faded headlights is a cause of a lot of nighttime traffic accidents"

Vera B., GA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"headlights began to wear/frost over. Tried to clear them, but it was about 50 percent better. I replaced them with new ones"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"map lights not working"

James R., TX (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"When on Automatic one of the overhead lights does not go out after the timed delay"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Remote became unreliable"

Michael R., AL (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"These key bobs that honda make are no good. They are made of a cheap plastic that break. After you break both of them, you have to go to a honda dealer to have them replace for 150.00 for one key, this is outrageous. I know at least 20 honda owners with the same problem. I need to know how to get a campaign started to get these key bobs recalled. Honda will tell me they have no complaints. I know that is not true. I had several people to file complaints with them. They told me I was the"

Vera B., GA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Keys break, transponders don't work and the electric doors locks don't work"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Since a month after it was new we have had problems. Replaced the remote key transmitter several times. Still have one key / transmitter that only works occasionally"

Ed D., OK (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"We have had the key FOBs replaced 3 times. Twice under warranty and the last set, they let us have them at "cost" because I raised cain with them. Something is not right about these key FOBs not wrking longer than a year or two"

Jeremy T., TN (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"My problem is with the keys that were made for this SUV. I was given two keys at the time of purchase. Both keys are broken and I decided that I am not going to pay 200.00 for another plastic handle on a piece of metal, I will continue to drive wit"

Vera B., GA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"does not recognize/even when trying to start sometimes"

Anonymous, WI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Keyless entry quit working and dealer replaced (at our expense) in line with relevant Honda service bulletin. Additional electronic problem was a software issue with the power control module, which caused the check engine light to illuminate"

Bob H., PA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"glass portion of rear lift gate opens after driving over bumps causing a warning light to come on"

Mac M., LA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"When applying the brakes as I was backing up you could hear screeching from the bake brakes"

Anonymous, CT (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The front brake pads only lasted 20000 miles this last time"

Ron S., CA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"brake pads on one wheel was much greater than the other three"

William R., NC (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Simply had to have the brakes replaced at 130000 miles"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors seem to have been made out of a metal that heats to quickly and then warps. They would quickly begin to cause buffeting in the steering wheel when coming down hills (we were not riding the breaks down either). Honda refused to admit there were issues with it and we had the rotors resurfaced a couple times. Finally we bought aftermarket rotors and have had zero issues with the buffeting, even when coming down Loveland Pass in Colorado"

Tyson W., CO (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors were sticking resulting in squealing"

Anonymous, MI (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Premature rotor wear causing unsafe vibrations"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"need to be turned all the time"

David M., MD (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Quality of the Roters"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"From original purchase, front end wobbled when braking in mountains descending, making the car feel unstable. As time went on, the car always did this when braking. Rotors were significantly warped and the repair was expensive"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"I have had brakes serviced multiple times at Honda and Midas and they tell me that the rotors and brake pads are totallly fine yet we have sqeaky and vibrating brakes since about 60000 miles. It is very annoying. We had a similar issue on a 2008 Acco"

Jeremy T., TN (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rotors and brake pads on all 4 brakes at 77,000 miles for the first time"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"We had the 6th cylinder head stick shut. Soaking didn't help. It was going to cost almost $3800 to replace. We chose to replace the whole engine since it had almost 100,000 miles on it and would not be much more in price"

Sara B., NC (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Engine cylinder #2 misfiring. Not able to drive the car. Have to replace the engine due to misfiring and excessive oil consumption. Using one quart of oil every 1,000 miles"

Jason J., VA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Cylinder misfire.. Repairs were part of a class action settlement so it was covered by extended warrant as part of settlement"

Ross B., MO (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Honda rebuilt engine due to excessive oil consumption at no charge. Proving this to Honda that our Pilot was indeed using oil was a very difficult process. We had to bring the vehicle in to dealer every 1,000 miles after a dealer oil change. Had to be close to the 1k, 2k, etc. marks or we would have to start the process over. After 3 oil changes at the 3k check the Pilot oil dip stick did not read any oil in the engine. Took about 9 months to prove the SUV was using oil. Honda too strict about t"

Jeffrey P., SC (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"3rd party timing belt replacement failed causing timing belt to fail and major engine damage"

Darren D., MI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I think this was an issue related to the economy mode and a service update. In our case it caused premature camshaft wear and camshaft bearing wear, necessitating the engine rebuild. Honda ultimately paid the bill even though it was well outside warr"

Nathan L., WA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Rings defective motor required a rebuild"

Richard B., PE (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"timing belt lasted nearly 200,000 mi without failing , but having to replace is expensive"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Timing belt tensioner was leaking so it was replaced as well the timing belt"

David W., AB (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Honda messed up timing belt change led to leaking gasket which ruined plugs and coils and would not repair under warranty"

Anonymous, SD (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Dealership who replaced the timing belt did not tighten a pulley bolt which caused me to break down on the highway. Had to be towed and car was out of service for a few days"

Anonymous, OH (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"The rear gate fills up with rain water after every rainy period. When you open the rear hatch water would drain out of the latch mechanism onto your legs and feet. We removed the rubber grommet/plugs at the far left/right corners to help improve the drainage and so it wouldn't drain directly on you"

Michael C., WA (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"After a heavy rainfall, front seat area of driver's side developed a water leak near door"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"had to have brake seal fixed"

Anonymous, OR (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace both headlight assemblies due to leaking seals; both assemblies were full of condensation"

Anonymous, NC (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Dashboard rattles sporadically on driver's side. Very annoying. Dealer was unable to replicate the noise. Now the Pilot is out of warranty and the dashboard still rattles. Out of luck on this repair"

Jeffrey P., SC (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Interior fan squeaks in cold weather. Some trim parts seem to rub on each other in the dash area in cold weather"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"something in the dashboard trim rattles. I can sometimes jam a container of mints between the dash storage and the top to make it stop, but its getting worse and worse"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The car has a loud bump/noise coming from the rear. This only happens when it has been raining. The dealership has bee unable to locate the problem"

Gail T., GA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

""Groaning" noise when turning the steering wheel standing still or at low speed. Dealer cannot find anything wrong"

Bob H., PA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind and road noise loud enough to drown out music unless turned up really high"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's window"

Anonymous, TN (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"although my Pilot is 8 years old and has served me well, the back-up camera recently stopped working. Honda Canada wants nearly $2000 to repair/replace it. Absurd! Very disappointing"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Display is dim when first starting up from cold during winter months. It eventually returns to normal,"

Richard C., MD (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"DVD error causes navigation system to be inoperable at random times. Usually requires turning the vehicle off and back on again to reset"

Richard C., MD (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The b Gps box scratched the disc"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Possibly because of vibrations, the navigator screen goes blank while I'm trying to follow the map. I have to reach under the seat and open the CD player and then close it to reboot the navigator"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Randomly works for several weeks, then the phone bluetooth system wont activate at all. then after a few weeks of not working, it works again. infuriating"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Not user friendly"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Main on-off button doesn't always work when it is warm. We leave it on all the time"

Anonymous, MN (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"caused power failure"

David M., MD (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Radio antenna stopped working. Dealer could not figure out on first visit, on second visit, with wasted part purchase, determined that a connector in the A Pillar for the antenna wire had disconnected. Reconnected and works fine"

Anonymous, CO (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"voice recognition just does not work well. Often commands are result in unintended actions. This seams to be a problem with most Japanese brands. (Our Lexus is equally poor)"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"tailgate latch had to be replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, WA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"The Rear Windshield Wiper drags, after the blade is replaced"

Michael Q., IL (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Tailgate wouldn't open at first only occasionally then pretty much anytime you wanted to open it"

Anonymous, MD (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Tailgate rusting for the second time. Honda refused to take responsibility the first time. Covered under recall the second time"

James K., WV (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"recall for rust in corners of tailgate left and right of license plate recess stripped and painted under warrenty"

Carl R., PA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"rust on tailgate. Completely repaired by warranty extension by Honda"

Thomas E., MN (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rust where handle attached to rear hatch. Repair covered by recall"

Gary G., WI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The latch wouldn't lock. Tailgate would close, but not completely lock"

Ted L., MI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"the tailgate, where the handle is joined has rust. The dealership fixed it and then it came back. Honda has a policy of fixing these problems within first 3 years or 60,000km which did not apply for our low kilometers. Problem still pending"

Anonymous, AB (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Paint peeling on the mirrors"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

"While driving 65 MPH on the highway, the car stopped running. Had to replace alternator and battery"

F P., PA (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed - did not power vehicle electronics or recharge the battery"

Kevin L., AB (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Error message on the Honda pilot indicated issues with the coil. Taken to our local Honda dealership and resolved with help from our extended warranty"

Scott H., NC (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"coils were oil soaked from timing belt work and had to replace at hundreds of dollars"

Anonymous, SD (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Computer is showing misfiring in cylinders 4 and 5. They have replaced plugs and coils and has not resolved the problem. They think it is the steering shaft binding up"

Anonymous, NS (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"3 engine lights came on: check engine VSA VTM-R Dealer replaced spark plugs to fix problem"

Ted L., MI (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to have 4 spark plugs and 3 piston rings replaced for engine misfire just 2 weeks ago. Repair was covered under special engine extended warranty as result of class action lawsuit settlement"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Engine harness

"Hhsynsuhn"

Scott H., NC (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"at about 109000 check engine light, vtm4 light and vsa light all came on suddenly. dealer said a fouled spark plug,which had just been replaced at 101000 and something to do with the engine computer and a manufacturer notice. It would be taken care"

Anonymous, IL (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Cam shaft was pitted and corroded"

Anonymous, KS (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"Right front mount was sheared resulting in potentially dangerous conditions. Had repaired/replaced before othe mounts were affected"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Motor mount broke and had to be replaced"

Jason J., VA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Engine consistently burns up two to three quarts of oil per 1000 miles driven"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"rumble sound when upshifting at 40-50mph"

Anonymous, RI (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The eco shift / fuel saving mode shifts hard almost a jerking felt. Make you think something is about to break, it has done this from day one, and of course the dealership says nothing is wrong"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"leaking seal on right side drive shaft at transmission"

Anonymous, GA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"at highway speeds- the motor feels as though it shifts down + can be felt inside the cabin. Original was notified of TSB motor/trans software issue. was told by tech that its worn motor mounts. too costly ($1500+) to repair @ this time"

Anonymous, FL (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Catalytic converter"

Jefferey L., GA (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"2-3 catalytic converter sensors went out requiring around $1200 repair"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Just needed to replace. Standard maintenance"

Anonymous, MA (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"driving on freeway & engine cuts out. tried to restart & initially would not start. it took about 15 minutes to start. drove to dealer & they replaced an air valve of some type they said it was plugged"

Anonymous, CA (2009 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

"We had to replace the entire right front wheel hub assembly since the bearings were shot"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"wheel bearing failure. This is the 3rd front wheel bearing replaced on the vehicle. Two were replaced within the first 10,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Switch controlling compressor failed"

Jon F., NY (2009 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
CV joint

"The car wouldn't accelerate well between 55-70mph. Seemed to hesitate a great deal. Replaced CV joint but it's still doing it. Will take to mechanic within the next few days"

Anonymous, OK (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Replaced a leaking radiator. Left corner weld let go"

David W., AB (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"major leak in radiator, needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"At just over 100m km, torque converter failed, finally replaced"

Richard B., PE (2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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