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 11 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 2011 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

"Vehicle steering pulled first to left-tires switched and vehicle pulled right-alignment performed vehicle still pulls-dealer says it is the tires-problem gradually decreasing as tires wear"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rear suspension component in order to get the car aligned"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Non adjustable link in rear needed replaced in order to achieve proper alignment. Common issue"

Mark K., MI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"clunking, shaking during slow speed turns, forward & reverse"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Worn out and need replacement. The replacement cost was covered by an extended warranty up to 84 mths/ 120,000 miles"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Bushings

"developed rattle left front, replaced bad shock. also checked found front bushing leaking /split open, worn prematurely. replaced under warranty. 40,000 miles on car"

John H., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"# months after the warranty expired, it was in for routine oil change (to the same dealership as always) and I am suddenly told the bushings need to be replaced. Seems too early in its life and seems weird it wasn't noticed while under warranty"

Mark R., CO (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"front lower control arm bushings are deteriorating. This is apparently a problem with many Hondas 2009-2012 due to a new hydraulic part. They have since discontinued making the part and when repaired, a new non-hydraulic part was placed. But no r"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"car shaking and noise"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Service garage said rear bushings were broken and leaking. $700 to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking front lower control arm compliance bushing. Happened just beyond warranty, but Honda covered majority of repair and asked for a $100 "co-pay""

Anonymous, CT (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer found torn bushings and replaced at no charge"

David D., MO (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"found during service"

Ron S., CA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"compliance bushings broken/cracked"

Robert B., SC (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"the rear suspension bushings were worn out at about 50000 km and caused a heavy vibration when braking down hill which almost made a person loose control, the fast the vehicle was traveling (100 km h) the worse it was. as im sure you know the rear w"

Aaron C., AB (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Suspension is noisy when going over speed pumps on the road or in parking lots"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in the bushings, it was a recalled item as well, apparently. I had an extended warranty as well, so I did not pay for the repair"

Anonymous, LA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"A leak developed from the power steering assembly that required the entire steering assembly be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The power steering was bad right away; it was unusually difficult to turn the wheel. But the salesperson dealer said it was "normal" and we believed him. It started leaking after about one year and the dealer eventually replaced the unit"

Joseph L., IL (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Shocks are leaking after 5 years of driving on very smooth, flat, pothole-free roads in South Florida"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Right front strut failed with only 48000 miles on vehicle"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"rubbing noise ( like balloons) in suspension . ..both rear shocks are leaking"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The passenger side strut broke and it cost $900 to fix, then a couple of weeks later the drivers side broke...so it was another $900 at the dealership.. It was definitely a huge out of pocket expense for us in a very short amount of time"

Anonymous, AR (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Struts worn out and leaking - needed to be replaced"

Scott W., MA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rear shocks replaced"

William H., NJ (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Front suspension had to be replaced - manufacturer recall"

John F., KS (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Bushings at the tips"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sway bar links started rattling around 20,000 miles. Took to the dealer 3 times. First two times they claimed they didn't hear anything. At 41,000 miles met an award winning service rep who acknowledged the noise and fixed as warranty repair"

James A., MA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"The steering system intermediate half shaft required replacement which was a very expensive repair"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"After the last service the brakes make an odd noise and the car vibrates like crazy when brakes are pressed hard for a quick stop"

Ronald S., WA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"High speed the steering wheel shimmys. When you hit a bump at high speed, it feels like you could lose control"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Above 70mph the steering starts vibrating. I replaced all 4 tires and had them balanced using state of the art equipment. Also replaced all rotors, pads, bushings and had a precise alignment done. It helped somewhat but it still has the vibration problem above 70mph. Honda said it's normal and we had to live with it"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"This was repaired under warranty. Right rear bearing bad"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Noisey front bearings needed replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2011 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

"Display started dimming and got snowy and red just started have not got it fixed yet"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Back up camera quit working at about 75000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"camera quit working"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Backup camera stopped working.. over $500. To repair. Parts not easy to obtain"

John R., MD (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"DOES NOT WORK"

Anonymous, MO (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"all the buttons on the dashboard for Radio and CD stopped working"

Thomas D., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The disc feeder has jammed, meaning that we are unable to insert discs into the player, or eject the two discs that are still in there"

Daniel P., TX (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Dashboard control buttons for cd/audio system intermittently become nonfunctional, though steering wheel controls remain functional"

Jeff P., OH (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"All of the dash controls are confusing and not intuitive"

Steve W., WA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Some digits or letters are hard to see when system is preparing to go blank during hot summer days"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Small display screen on mirror"

John R., MD (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"When the pilot is out in the sun, the internal systems with radio/music panel goes blank and buttons stop working. Usually comes back on within 30 minutes of car cooling or being driven"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"The total sound system went blank. This might have been due to battery corrosion. The battery and cables were replaced but the system remained blank. After prodding, the dealer found a way to reset the system and it now works very well"

Bill G., FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Radio display is finicky. Sometimes it is blank"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The DVD reader error message when using GPS/Nav. The DVD disc/CD (according to my Honda Dealership) says it's not the navigation system but the disc. I've had it checked on numerous occasions and it's STILL not fixed"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"1) It has no "fastest route" option 2) It screws up direction (instead of telling you to turn right, it makes you turn left, go a mile then U-turn and go back 3) The most useful scale (1/2 mile) shows virtually no roads. The screen is blank of road"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Radio stopped working"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"all the buttons on the dashboard for Radio and CD stopped working"

Thomas D., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"It would freeze, unable to turn on, or change stations, or turn off"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes radio does not respond to controls"

Allan G., NY (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Dashboard control buttons for radio/audio system intermittently become inoperable, though steering wheel controls continue to function"

Jeff P., OH (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The switchover from using the in car mic/speakers for my cell phone occasionally either turns on the radio when I hang up (it wasn't on before), or the sound output is gone and I have to turn the car off to reset the problem so they all work again"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"doesn't always allow you to use the pre-set buttons to the on-off buttons"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Radio buttons stopped working intermittedly. Had to check wiring harness connection and fuse several times"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes the radio will not turn on and other times it will and then plays well"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Radio will not always turn on"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Voice controls don't work when driving sounds are happening"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Voice control only works about half the time and gets a lot of commands wrong leading to frustration and distraction"

Thomas T., MD (2011 Honda Pilot LX 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

Air or water leaks

"water pump leak"

Jennifer W., CO (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Water leak past windshield seal on top driver side. Dealer re-sealed windshield. Issue resolved"

Anonymous, ID (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"air noise around doors"

Anonymous, WY (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Front driver side window leaks periodically"

Anonymous, SC (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers door seal/weather stripping does not stay in place. I get a lot of wind and road noise"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"sun roof leak its now permanently sealed and inoperable"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"General rattles in the rear area of the Pilot"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"from passenger side- can't figure out if it's in door or somewhere else"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"back seat rattles sometimes"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Glove box rattles over small bumps"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Axle bearing"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaking/clicking sound from dashboard area, behind instruments, plastic rubbing/chaffing"

Anonymous, BC (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Glove box has never closed tightly enough even though dealer has adjusted it several times"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"the alternator is sitting close to the bottom of the engine and gets alot of salt and water hitting it through the winters here in CA which washes the bearings out and makes a squeaking noise (more chipping) noise after about 50000km"

Aaron C., AB (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Shock absorber noise at 80000 miles"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Could be a loose spare tire, dealer could not find the problem"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I hear a clunk each time I turn the steering wheel"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"sometimes hear a clunk coming from the rear. Dealer was unable to locate and correct"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Generally the nosiest car i have every had, both wind noise and road noise.. Can hardly hear yourself think"

John H., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"excessive engine noise---passenger side door squeeks"

James M., ND (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Too much road noise. This car lacks insulation. Seems to be a quality car but the road noise is severe. I would not purchase another Pilot unless this problem is solved"

Steve W., WA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"wind and road noise levels at highway speeds are extremely high and uncomfortable. I like all other aspects of the Pilot, but the road noise issue will prevent me from buying another Pilot"

Larry D., AL (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"the wind noise and road noise is so loud it's difficult to hear the passenger talk"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"pilot has poor noise control"

Chris G., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The noise is excessive driving at highway speeds. This is a basic problem of the vehicle. It is just road noise"

Anonymous, GA (2011 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

"both front discs were warped after 50,000 miles. brake pads were ok"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Had issue with brake not applying pressure when braking. Master cylinder was issue at relatively low mileage of 32000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Had to get new pads and rotors on front brakes"

Kathy C., IA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"replace brake pads"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Needed new brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brake pads were replaced at 50000 miles. Too soon for rear brakes. The front brake pads have not been replaced yet"

Gary H., GA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The breaks had to get replaced after only 3 years, my previous Pilot never had any break problems, and I had it for 7 years!"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"At approx 18,000 miles we were experiencing a wobble when braking. We were told by the dealer we needed new rotors. The brake pads were fine (barely worn) so how does a rotor wear down within 20,000 miles before the first set of brake pads is worn do"

Craig M., CA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Disks warped with no abuse"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"We have had to replace several times"

Anonymous, CT (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Problems with brakes when traveling in hilly mountainous country brakes uneven. Had then fixed I'm 2014"

William M., TX (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"rotors repeatedly warp"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Warped Front Rotors"

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Two of the rotors (back) had to be replaced because of rust problems"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors needed to be turned"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"when purchased braking sometimes causes surging. After installing new tires the surging has minimized and is not noticeable. Previous tires where worn out from pulling a camper trailer"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Warped rotors had been resurfaced when certified. Dealer resurfaced again at no charge"

David D., MO (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"I have had the brakes worked on 5 times now, with the last time me doing myself with aftermarket parts. I have had vibration problems severely shaking the front end and steering wheel. The dealer resurfaced once then replaced and still no help"

Thomas T., MD (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"We had the rotors turned 2 or 3 years ago. This need/problem has re-occured. We experienced the same prob;em with a new 2004 Honda Pilot. This is the only problem we have had with either Honda"

David W., MI (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors from Honda warp too soon"

Ahsan M., OH (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Probably normal wear/tear"

Brian-Katy M., VA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Brake rotors warp in less than 10000 miles , changed front rotors 6 times already"

Kieran R., NY (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Vinyl trim around sunroof has come off multiple times; dealer fixed but didn't work still"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Purchased the car with 20 miles on the odometer. Found the frame rail had been replaced with lots of other body parts, poorly done and had rattles and noise. Dealer and Honda would not reconcile for highly damaged car being sold as new!!!"

Darwin G., ID (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"moon roof front rubber trim came off. Could not just buy the trim, only the entire plastic and rubber trim kit well over $100. Able to bond it in place - seems to be OK now"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Console dividers cheap plastic warped broke very easily glovebox latch broke can't get it open seams on driver seat starting to bust open has a lot of cheap plastic through the car"

Christia C., OK (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Driver armrest fell apart [imitation leather] at 35k Center console cover [imitation leather] fell apart at 54000. Totally unacceptable cost me arount $200"

Pete M., CA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The front bumper paint had a BB size chip from road debris. While driving in a carwash the high pressure washer spray enlarged the chip. The paint apparently was not sticking to the plastic bumper"

Guy G., OH (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Paint chips very easy,seems faded,scratches very very easily"

Christia C., OK (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Paint on roof and rear deck top peeling off"

James B., CA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"* clear coat popping on front fender * fake chrome finish on grill separating * paint chipping on hood"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Some areas of the car have faded and crack"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"the paint on this car has lost all of its shine. Almost all of the paint is dull as if it doesn't have any clear coat on it. It looks like it's been sitting in the sun for about 10 years. The dealer detailed it for me, but it really didn't help much. it's bad paint or bad finish or no clear coat. something is wrong"

Jon D., MI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Greasy handprints from sun screen penetrated paint cover coat"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust is causing the paint to bubble in several locations"

Mark R., CO (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Rust around window trim"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The Chrome Trim above the license plate has caused the paint to bubble about the size of a quarter. Likely due to rubbing through the paint. There are other spots that is showing rust through the paint. Haven't paid to fix it yet"

James T., ON (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"There was or is rust on the tailgait chrome piece that erroded into the paint. I had the paint area fixed but no the chrome. Auto paint shop stated that it was a poor job at attaching the chrome to the tailgait"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Occurs from metallic frame piece around handle and license plate area and covered under an extended warranty by Honda"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"TSB Number: SVC-13-003 Fixed under Warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"A few rust blisters (from beneath the paint) formed at the edge of the chrome trim on the tailgate. Online research indicated some US States provided extended warranty. In Canada, my dealership (in cooperation with Honda Canada) extended me $500 towards the $850 repaint cost"

John S., BC (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"we've had the tailgate repainted twice. we noticed rust shortly after we bought it. There was a recall for the problem. Dealer repainted at no cost. Within two years the same problem occurred in the same location. Dealer repainted at no cost"

Jon D., MI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Tail gate rust issue due to dissimilar metals corrosion. Repaired 2 times by Honda"

Anonymous, NH (2011 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

"Head lights burned out"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"One interior by the mirror come on when the door is opened, the other one doesn't, however this light will turn on with the switch"

C S., TX (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"several bulbs have burned out up front, twice on passenger side, once on driver's side"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"The entire contol unit for the interior lights had to be replaced"

Tom S., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Driver overhead reading light quit. It's not the bulb"

Wally W., TN (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"electrical system controlling doors locks defective"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced key FOB"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The door locks on several of the doors malfunction at times"

Sarah W., GA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"our problem is actually with locks. We have replaced 3/4 lock actuators in this car due to malfunction"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace all 4 tire sensors with 2 of them being replaced a second time along with the receiver being reprogrammed"

James D., NJ (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Washer quit, pup runs, but no water gets on WE or tail door glass. Radio also acts up"

C S., TX (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"taillights burned out"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 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

"Miss firing of the engine was discovered after the giving the SUV gas when driving and the engine felt like it was going to stall out. Discovered the engine miss firing! (Repair covered under National Honda)"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Became the latest victim of the Honda 6 cylinder engine VCM/piston/rings oil seepage problem that causes the spark plugs to foul out. Honda won't recall so you have to keep monitoring oil consumption and replacing spark plugs after they foul out"

James A., MA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"they installed piston rings incorrectly. repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Cylinder rings needed to be replaced. Covered under recall"

Anonymous, ME (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Engine rebuild or replacement

"Cylinder rings leaking to the point engine shutters and loose almost all power. Honda has offered bandaid fixes rather than correcting the problem"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine rebuild to repair failed piston rings on cylinders number 1 and 3. Excessive oil USge prior to the repair"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"piston rings replaced on three pistons"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Honda recall to replace the rings on four cylinders and was covered by them extending the warranty. Also had an oil leak and the pan gasket had to be replaced by me. Expensive gasket $200"

Gary C., IL (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Timing was off 3 of 6 cylinders fouling. Timing corrected, rings and Pistons replaced"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Engine failure due to cylinder reduction from 6 to 3 to improve mpg. Emission light comes on indicating failure misfire of cylinder 3. This occurred at 33,300 miles"

Robert B., IN (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Timing chain failed after being replaced at 100000 miles, cost to repair was over $1,000"

M P., PA (2011 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

"Between 40-50 MPH engine gets louder and feels like transmission can't find the right gear"

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The transmission would shudder between 3rd and 4th gears. Replacing an expensive sensor did not solve the problem and it continues today"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission slips intermittently"

Ed K., TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Not shifting properly from 3rd to 4th"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"The transmission would shutter when changing sometimes. The Honda dealer updated the computer and all is well"

Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"In multiple times with concerns about the transmission. Was told multiple times there was nothing wrong, and that it MIGHT be numerous other things. Finally, they found multiple updates for the computer that had been available the whole time"

Jacob R., ME (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Axle seals at transmission failed causing leaking/dripping trans. fluid"

Blair P., CA (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"3rd to 4th gear sensor solenoid needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

Doors or sliding doors

"rear passenger door would not open from outside. the dealer replaced under extended warranty which we purchased at time of purchase"

H G., FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"The rubberized lining sealing the window came loose and flapped in the wind when roof was open. Had to send it in twice to repair the same thing"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"On 2 occasions I could not close the Sunroof; repaired free of charge by Honda"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting - see previous comment"

James T., ON (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Came in with concerns about chipping paint on the tailgate. They fixed it because there was a recall. When I picked it up, I questioned their work. About a year later I was back in to have them re-fix their work in the area I questioned originally"

Jacob R., ME (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Hatch doesn't close remotely and sometimes gets jammed opening as well"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Very easily damaged with a slight bump"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rear hatch catches the bumper trim.Able to press the trim below the hatch bottom but sometimes still catches the bumper and will not open while pushing the bumper up. Very weak bumper design for an suv"

Anonymous, MA (2011 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

Engine computer

"experienced a check engine light and engine was missing-dealer said due to misfire on one cylinder-second issue for this vehicle-first was when it was a lease by previous owner-extended warranty via tech service bulletin covered but issue reappeared"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine started to knock and stall. Turned out the mechanic had overfilled the engine oil"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"Engine problems maybe related to catalytic converter problems"

Keith H., TX (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Backfired and poor running; took to dealer without solution as nothing showed up on computer as being a problem. Manufacturer does not view as a problem; would not purchase again"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Engine mounts

"I get a lot of engine vibration in the winter that seems like it's misfiring. It may be cold weather and rock hard engine mounts that transfer engine vibrations through to vehicle. No one has answers, much less solutions. ANNOYING"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Battery failed and engine would not start. Replaced under warranty"

John R., NJ (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"Had to replace plugs with a higher quality plug because engine computer showed misfired"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"HAD CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COME ON, diagonistic showed miss fire cly #3? Was repaired, no problems so far"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Fowled Spark Plugs caused by VCM. P0301, Oil enters Combustion Chamber causing premature plug failure at 55,000 Miles"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

"Had torque converter flutter (pulsing feeling in transmission) The dealer replaced torque converter free of charge"

H G., FL (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"TRANSMISSION DAMAGED WHILE STUCK IN THE SNOW"

Eric K., MA (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission was replaced by the dealership where purchased"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"engine light went on, we took to dealership, they fixed it, it took 5 days, they gave us a rental"

R F., NC (2011 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Front wheel hub failed"

James H., WI (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"Turned out to be something called the torque converter. It was repaired under the warranty"

Robert R., ME (2011 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Bought the vehicle and slowly began to feel many different driveline vibrations. Have begun a slow, irritating, and costly process of rooting them out one by one with new parts. Regular inspection and upkeep is the key to this vehicles reliability. With regular maintenance and inspection, I have no doubt the vehicle will go to 300k, but if it's been abused, that lifespan can be dramatically shorter"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Traction control

"Anti skid Indicates a problem in cold weather. It goes away by restarting engine. Dealer has never found the problem. It only happens in very cold weather 10 Below and more"

Edward V., ND (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 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 compressor required replacement"

William S., CA (2011 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)

"In January 2015 the A/C stopped working while in Florida. Since then it has worked periodically but we haven't taken it to the dealer yet"

Anonymous, NC (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"refrigerant leaks occurred and was difficult to determine issue"

Stephen S., PA (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Acceleration and power problems attributed to Cat Converter. It was replaced and car runs like new"

Anonymous, KY (2011 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Continued problems with catalytic converter"

Keith H., TX (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 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

"It was difficult to find the problem right away. It took 3 visits to fix the problem. Each time I paid $$$ for the visit"

Doug M., AL (2011 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"Ran rough had a recall and replaced half of the spark plugs which seems half hearted as they should have replaced all 6. Runs fine now but was required to change the oil at my exspense"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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