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 10 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.

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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 2010 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

"Rear wheel alignment goes out frequently"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The compliance bushings had to be replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, VT (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"told the front compression bushings needed replacemant"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Expensive repair, did not know it was a problem until pointed out by Honda service technician"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Control arm bushing leaked and needed replacement"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Both front suspension compression bushings had to be replaced as well as the left front strut. The same bushings are leaking fluid on my daughters 2010 Honda Pilot. I live on a dirt road, the Pilot suspension does not appear to be designed for use"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Control arm in left rear was throwing the tire alignment off and was not adjustable. Had to replace it with an adjustable one"

Jeff H., IA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace broken front bushing on lower left"

Dennis T., UT (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"compliance bushings wore out after about 75000 miles"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A metal pipe rusted and leaked. Dealer replaced it and added power steering fluid at no charge - warranty repair"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"During inspection the dealer noticed fluid was low and leaking. They had to replace the front rack and sterring mechanism. They said perhaps the seals dried up from infrequent use"

Neil M., NY (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"It leaked. We had it fixed. Done"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"I had a leak in my power steering pressurised line due to corrosion. Paid to repair line and flush power steering fluid"

Jeremiah C., WV (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The pump started making noise which indicates either loss of fluid or pump internal issues"

Gerre V., OK (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"replaced due to wear"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Shock failed completely on the rear drivers side, was dangerous to drive at high speeds"

Timothy R., MN (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Heard a thumping sound going over bumps as well as front end vibration. One strut failed and replaced both"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace the struts and the stabilizers. The dealer wanted well over $1000 to do the job. Fortunately, a cousin has a car business and was able to the the job for a lot less. The new parts still had to come from the dealer and even with my c"

Larry N., OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Car rattles over bumps, mechanic says struts are beginning to go bad"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"right front strut broke--cause unknown. replaced"

Stefan K., IL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking rear shocks"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Continue having to replace"

Thomas L., NC (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"both front struts failed just after the warranty expired"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"suspension, in general, had several different failures as well as a failed radio (twice); a "leaking" timing chain component"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Struts and othe problems which have not been resolved after having repaired numerous times. Leather on the inside of car bubbling up"

Margo G., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Entire strut assembly broke on the passenger side. around 70000 miles. Shop said it was poor engineering and was fixed on the following year"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Struts went out with less than 50,000 miles on SUV"

Donald M., CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Shock absorber failed and caused noise, torque steer, handing problems"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The front driver side strut broke after 3 years. Should last longer than 3 years"

Patrick K., CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"A piece was broken that dampens the movement of the torsion bar"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"When the car was still very new, power stiring fluid was disappearing. The rack and pinion had to be replaced, I think"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Control bushing replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace the rack. I do take the vehicle off-road"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Car vibrates at speeds of 72-77 mph. Have replaced tires,re balanced new tires severa ltimes and rotated. Car still vibrates"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"We paid over $1000 to repair rods on the front tire because our steering wheel vibrated when we reached speeds of 45 mph"

Delisa R., IL (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"This issue was creating a loud caulking noise in the front end. Dealer initially told my wife not to worry about it it was "normal" only fixed after our additional discussions"

William E., FL (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Bad inner tie rods, replaced at dealer, no warranty"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Not reliable"

Thomas L., NC (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"After only 2 1/2 years of ownership we had to replace all four tires due to uneven wear"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Tires side walls were badly worn and had to be replaced all 4 tires"

Neil M., NY (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 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

Calipers

"The brake caliper broke while driving and required emergency repair"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Front brake service is typically needed between 15,000 and 25,000 miles"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Noise when braking"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"front rotors worped . Rear pads wear out very soon"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"rotors get warped. we are on our 4th set of brakes. One of the periods for bakes repalcement was 4 months"

Robert P., WA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"brakes failed during mountain travel in CA. Needed to have new brake shoes at 40000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Front end rotors warped and under hard braking caused handling issues. Front end vibrations were extremely intense"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The front brake rotors warp at about 18,000 miles. OEM rotors and pads have been replaced with aftermarket slotted and dimpled rotors"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"120000 miles rotors turned twice and replaced entirely once"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The rotors warp under normal driving. We changed the pads on time but there was a lot of vibration when applying the brakes. Mechanic said our rotor were warped so we had them resurfaced. This was about 9 months ago. It has started vibrating/pulsing"

Glennon P., CA (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"My rotors have been replaced 3 times with no brake pad wear. They grind after it rains or if the cars been sitting. I was told by the dealership that it's the way I drive that is causing the wear on the rotors"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"It could be a combination of rotor and calipers that cause vibration when break is applied. The problem appears to be fixed after the front pads are replaced and the rotors are resurfaced, but it repeats within one year"

Patrick K., CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"frequent resurface"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Car squeaked when the car was in reverse. The dealer could not fix the problem, so a local mechanic who specializes in Honda found and corrected the problem. The brakes!"

Gregory G., MA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Antilock system (ABS)

"When breaking a speeds over 20 miles per hour car vibrates and shakes"

Michele O., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"More wear than I expected for this age of vehicle; squeaky pedal"

Anonymous, IN (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"noise"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"routine break wear"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"Even wear on all brake shoes"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 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

"WEAR ON DRIVERS ARM REST, PEELING COVERING ON CENTER CONSUL TOP, DRIVERS SEAT SIDE MOLDING SEPERATING"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Both armrests and the center console leather needed to be replaced because they tore"

Mike W., IL (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Extremely cheap vinyl used for armrests and center console. Bubbled and ripped. Common online complaint. Had to replace"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Glued part falling off and coverings becoming delaminated"

Wade O., AZ (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Poor qualiyu"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"interior vinyl covering on doors beginning to peel, glovebox constantly squeaks"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint (dark cherry pearl) started to fade 2 years ago. It has the appearance of to many automated car washes. The vehicle has not been through a car was as long as I have owned it. The clear coat is still inn place"

Roper D., FL (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"the "chrome" exterior trim pieces around the front hood area began to fade, I then realized these were plastic pieces that had silver coating inside...fake chrome. Disappointing considering the price tag"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Paint around rear license plate area was starting to rust. There was a TSB for this problem which was promptly taken care of by the dealership"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust formed on the tailgate. We were told this was caused by bad rivets. It was a recall item in the U.S. but not Canada. Honda Canada wouldn't pay to have it repaired. Our local dealership (Cambridge Honda) paid half the repair bill for us"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"SUV back door rust through from inside...warrenty repaired"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"tailgate"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Recall for corrosion under the license plate hood. The fault is currently being repaired by Honda under the recall notice. The problem was caused by dissimilar metals used in manufacturing"

Vincent H., NH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"2 years ago, Honda issued a recall for bolts in lift gate that could cause rust. dealer said all was fine. 2 months later I had rust. Honda repaired it and all is fine now"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust spot on tail gate due to manufacturing defect, so covered under Honda's warranty program. They removed the tail gate, inspected for additional areas of potential rust, sanded all rust spots and repainted to match original paint"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"recalled for tailgate"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"rust on the rear hatch door"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Recall for rust on rear door/tailgate. Rust spots developing and worsening on left rear door between window frame and body of vehicle"

Kimberly W., AB (2010 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

"Sensor quit working and dealer ship worked to get out of the repair by saying there was an impact. I checked and found a loose connection. Which the dealer would have checked it, but since I had an extended warranty the dealer would not go further"

Wade O., AZ (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Freezes. At times can't go from CD player to FM or presets"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent problems with entertainment controls not working"

Matthew D., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Doesn't work, period"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Completely quit working"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Another Honda defect. Radio/CD player was replaced without cost. Unit would not be turned on at times"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes, the radio/cd player cannot be turned on or adjusted or turned off"

James B., OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Stopped working. Required fuse replacement and reboot using code"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radio/CD player wouldn't turn off. Dealer replaced it. No charge"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes cannot operate the sound system through the dash control, especially on-off. If the system is on, can be controlled with the steering wheel controls. Seems to have a mind of its own. No predictability as to when it will happen"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"We leave it on, because sometimes it won't come back on after having been turned off"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The control interface, specifically the volume knobs, frequently don't work. They still move and turn but nothing happens. Other buttons have the same issue"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radio / entertainment system died and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"several suspension parts replaced; failed radio (twice); leaking timing chain mechanism, etc"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes it will not turn on or respond to any push of the buttons. Once it turns back on I never turn it off anymore and change stations manually. Sometimes it works fine"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The AUX input for an audio device stopped working a few months ago. The radio no longer recognizes when something is plugged into the aux outlet in the center console. I've also had issues overall with the control interface on the radio, freezing u"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Does not respond correctly 99% of the time. Especially phone dialing"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"System has hard time understanding and executing the correct commands"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 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

"Alarm system would not arm/disarm properly. This eventually led to the alarm system sounding without warning whenever we tried to lock the vehicle. The problem was determined to be a faulty hood sensor which was replaced. The problem has not occurred since then"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The key fob had stopped working several times and they have to replace them. The alarm starts to go off when you try to enter the vehicle using the key and you can't shut it off"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Repeated door lock failures"

Anonymous, MO (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"doors lock by themselves without pushing any buttons.honda service dept has not fixed the problem"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Burned out"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Interior light switches failing - intermittent"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent front map light. Replaced map light assembly, covered under Honda Care 100,000 mile warranty"

Vincent H., NH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Interior map lights inop"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"front interior lights stopped working about 8 months ago"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The interior driver and passenger light no longer come on"

Scott F., AZ (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The key fob broke off and was totally unusable. We had to order another key...wait for it to come in and then have the key cut at the dealership. We also had to take the car back to the dealership bringing ALL the keys in at one time to have them reprogramed. It was expensive and a major hassle. The dealership admitted that the key is NOT well designed"

L C., WA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The keyless entry works intermittently. The dealer has replaced the battery twice, but that did not solve the problem. Since they did not have the problem when they tried it, they have done nothing else about it"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Key fob works intermittently to open and/or lock door"

Kimberly W., AB (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Work intermittently at best"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
12V power plug

"We hardly ever used this item but when we did, it fell apart"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"heated seats stopped working late fall early winter"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"I had to have the sensor replaced"

Anonymous, NH (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 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

"We've had two occasions where we had problems related to the air conditioner. They said it was a clutch sticking and it eventually killed the battery both times. We bought the Pilot used in 2011. It happened in 2013 and again in 2015"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"No cooling so the compressor needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Fan turns on, but a/c does not cool the air. Have not fixed yet"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"when driving more than an hour, heater clicks and stops warm air and switches to cool air"

Dennis T., UT (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"The motor switch that controls the amount of air coming out of the vents failed. It was repaired under an extended warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The relay that operates the AC clutch failed"

Cliff M., OH (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Stopped putting out cold air. Relay went out. Seems too early for something like this to happen"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"heater starts blowing lukewarm air after driving 1-2 hours, it's like a sensor is defective and drops the heater temperature way too low"

Dennis T., UT (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"It was diagnosed as a leak but would have to change out major parts to access so we declined to repair since we may sell with on the year -leak is minor so I have only had to replace refrigerant once in past 6 months and still no need - we will see how well this holds through hot summer months -"

Elio G., NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had a sensor failure. When it was repaired the Honda dealer also said all of the refrigerant was gone, but they could not identify any leaks. It was several hundred dollars to fix"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle is in shop today to diagnose cause of leak"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Two valves (relay and schrader) needed to be replaced and freon added"

Timothy J., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 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

"On trips longer than 8 hours the vehicle would start to overheat and engine would get rough. Had to stop a couple of times to let the engine rest for about 15 minutes then I could continue with my travel. Took vehicle to Honda dealer and they diagnosed a problem with the number 4 cyclinder and replaced it for free even though I had almost 200,000 miles on the vehicle"

Donald J., SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"related to piston ring, cylinder had to be removed and cleaned. Problem was previously misdiagnosed by another Honda dealer"

Jeffrey P., FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"head and rings replaced due to issues with the cylinder cut out system"

Michael W., PA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Caused car to shake. Was replaced due to Honda extending warrantee"

Jon S., FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"This problem had been identified in 2015 and was rectified by the dealer, but the engine still had a "whining" noise, that over time, continued to get worse. I took the car to another dealer who identified the problem again and replaced the timing belt again"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Pistons had to replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Eco system failed, back to dealer 4or5 time for missing, bucking and knocking they finally agreed to rebuild 3 cylinders to correct the problem"

Ken W., TX (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"There is a know problem with this model where the piston rings allow oil to escape in piston chamber causing plugs to foul, excessive oil consumption"

Robert P., WA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The engine started to use oil (not a leak). When it got to 1 quart in 1200 miles Honda replaced the short block at their expense. The new block is starting to use oil again but at a lower rate. Design problem?"

Rosalie F., CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"This vehicle was consuming more oil than we thought was normal (1.5 - 2 liters every 5000 kms.). We fought with the dealership for 2 years before the admitted that a quantity of these engines came from the factory with faulty piston rings. The dealer"

Gil B., AB (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Pilot was burning oil (3 or 4 quarts between changes) had a series of fouled plugs, engine warning lights on,etc. Class action suit brought against Honda which I found out about on my own,never notified by Honda. Local dealer finally agreed to repla"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Head gasket

"Several trips and time spent they finally fixed it"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

"Passenger side door has an air leak, depending on outside wind or inside heating/air conditioning use"

James B., OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The sun roof leaked during heavy rain"

Jorge L., TX (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Front end noise, that was not rectified in 4 dealer visits. After 5 years, it was partially resolved when Honda recalled a part, then a year later, when the noise got worse again, I complained again, and dealer replaced something in the steering linkage. The noise abated but it is starting up again after a year"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Interior noises especially the glove box, also the interior trim is not holding up well. Arm rests have worn through"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"front suspension noise when braking at low speed on uneven surfaces"

James J., KY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle noise from the back right side. It goes away with spray (wd40) comes back in couple of weeks. So annoying"

Rami A., FL (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"front bushings"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"rear compartment noises, similar to old station wagon types, constant little noises"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle under the steering panel that cannot be located and is only present 65% of the time. Squaring in the back passenger area. Possibly due to suspension"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Not very soundproof"

Margo G., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The wind noise is unbearable in this car. You cannot ride with the windows down at any speed over 25 mph"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"a lot of road noise when rear windows are lowered"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Timing problem that was covered by a service bulletin. Required computer update and replacement of spark plugs"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The engine started knocking due to the spark plugs not being maintained as the should have been. The rear bank of plugs had not been changed as they should have been"

David L., TN (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The camshaft had to be replaced and one half of the engine was torn down and rebuilt. Vehicle does not idle as smoothly now and will be trading it in as we believe this to be a major long term issue. Was covered under extended warranty from Honda b"

Carl D., NC (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Car started cutting out. Honda replaced spark plugs . Did not help then they replaced valves and head gasket. Said was under warranty. Took several trips and rental cars and personal time to get it repaired"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil is burning up in the engine. A 1/4 of the tank every month"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Frequent oil leaks, could never diagnose problem"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"ring around 3^ cylinder leaking oil, was replaced by dealer at no charge"

Jeffrey P., FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Apparently this is a problem that Honda is aware of. We were told by our mechanic that we had something called a "deep engine oil leak" that would translate to very costly repairs. A common problem in 2010's and others"

Anonymous, NY (2010 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

"Even after having the torque converter replaced it still does not shift as smoothly as it had. Often the car shudders slightly when the transmission shifts from 1-2, otherwise it shifts and performs as it should. Dealer has tried to reprogram, reflash the computer but little success. They said at my next service they will try again to address the issue"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"transmission " shudders" when shifting low gears"

James J., KY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"My mechanic told me this was a common problem with the Pilot and other truck chassis Honda transmissions built in the US. He said that you can repair it several times before needing a new transmission but that eventually transmission failure is on the horizon for this model Honda"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission hesitates or something, jerking the car when shifting into 2nd. It happens sporadically"

Glennon P., CA (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine shutters when accelerating between 2nd and 3rd gears"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Warning light had to take to transmission shop to repair"

Wade O., AZ (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace a gear sensor"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Spark plugs had to be change to rectify a misfire condition which was indicated by a technical service bulletin concerning the cylinderanagement system"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Whoever changed the spark plugs for the last owner, only changed the front bank. The rear bank, behind the engine, where not changed"

David L., TN (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Fault with variable cylinder caused plug to crack"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Spark plugs throwing codes, engine running rough, having to replace at 77000 miles. I thought these new plugs were suppose to last 100,000 miles"

Jeff H., IA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The dash lit up with lights; Honda dealer replaced 3 spark plugs; said Honda had extended the warranty on our vehicle and if we had any other trouble to bring it back; we will have to take it back next week for it is running rough and getting poor ga"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced ALL spark plugs (hundreds of dollars) twice. The first at the dealership where they denied this being a Honda issue. Research revealed oil leak and spark plugs go hand in hand and are supposed to be covered under extended warranty"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

Electrical failure

"Relay failure on ac clutch circuit"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"A relay switch failed in December preventing the A/C to defog the windshield. The A/C would not come on"

David P., CA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Driveshaft or axle

"axel worn at wheels replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"had to replace both axles. I do take the vehicle off-road"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"certain speeds cause vibrations that make even the steering wheel vibrate and make grinding noise"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Motor that switches from regular to econo drive mode failed causing extreme vibration throughout the vehicle. Motor and bracket bushings replaced corrected the issue. Still slight vibration when engaging in econo mode at around 40mph. Covered by my"

Anonymous, KS (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Caused Check Engine Light, problem covered by warranty"

Fred G., FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Check fuel cap keeps coming on. Replaced fuel cap and it still comes on"

Gregory M., NY (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Fuel gauge/sender

"Fuel tank stops 5 gallons short of full every time when refueling"

Anonymous, LA (2010 Honda Pilot EX 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

"constantly had issue with my key fobs...repeatedly complained that they did not work, even after cleaning and new battery, still had no range...both worked good when new, but after about a year they began to deteriorate"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Seat controls - movement

"The seat frame had to be replaced under warranty with the part costing over $1,800 alone. Total bill was in excess of $2,200 and the vehicle made 3 trips to the shop to get right. I'm glad it was under warranty"

Carl D., NC (2010 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Transmission was hesitating/stuttering. After several trips to the dealer, they installed a new torque converter, the second one in three years"

James P., FL (2010 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission began to slip shifting from 1st to 2nd gears"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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