The Pilot is a natural next step for CR-V owners with growing families. The current Pilot is an extremely functional and pleasant vehicle as long as you don't expect excitement.
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There are 2 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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The 2018 Honda Pilot has been recalled 2 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 Honda Pilot owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 screen freezes up

"Apple car play system is super slow compared to my sonata. Sometimes screen goes blank and I have to restart the car."

Jonghwan K., AP (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"5 times Entertainment has gone blank. Turning off vehicle and restart fixes it. Dealer can’t find it if it’s not happening when it’s taken for service. I’ll probably purchase an extended warranty, which I never do. This is expensive repair that I believe will ghost my car through the 10 years I own it."

Theresa M., TX (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The system in Hondas is not very good at anything. They could do much better."

Anonymous, KS (2018 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS system would freeze and reboot."

Robert W., CA (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The navigation screen would go blank. It was fixed by the dealer after the second time."

John S., NC (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The touchscreen is dangerous to driving. It is insensitive to touch so many times it has to be touched 2-3 times to function. It is not intuitive and you can easily get lost in various areas by accidentally touching the wrong spot. You constantly have to take your eyes off the road to figure out what is going on with the screen. Its a potential accident causer and dangerous."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"I am supposed to be able to audibly tell my system to call a certain person by saying their name after pressing the call button. I can't get this feature to work. A Honda technician tried to do it but couldn't either. This was a feature to me that was very important in order to do hands-free while driving."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 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

"It was not cooling the inside like it should. It took two Honda visits to get it right. The 2nd visit they took out the whole system and replaced it with a new one. No Cost to me. They said debri had gotten in there from the first repair. I never really understood what the problem was but whatever it was it was not a simple fix."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)

"Purchased 2018 Honda Pilot on March 9th. I live in a winter climate. First warm day was April 27th. That's when I noticed the A/C was not working. Climate Control system appears to be working fine except when A/C is needed the compressor does not turn on."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Temperature doesn't regulate to the proper set temperature..Took it to the delear 3 times, but they said it works according to design."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Honda confirms heater vent air only at 28 degrees F from a fully-warmed up engine! They claim this is normal of all Honda Pilots and refuse to fix."

Mike W., IL (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"In winter time around 2000 rpm heat shield rattles and creating booming noise. Went to dealership 3 times but they could not correct the problem."

Jonghwan K., AP (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"False alarm after false alarm, At least 2-3 every day. Very annoying."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"With ACC on and set at the furthest distance, the ACC would fail to recognize semi-trailers the majority of the time. I had to complain to Hoda three time before the radar unit was replaced. The ACC would slow the Pilot from 79 to 63, causing the car to nose dive."

Anonymous, SD (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 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

"Very hard shifting between first and second gear had in shop 3 times they did what they could. Honda says its the way it is they do some kind of adjustment but it returns in 5k to 7k miles after their adjustment. I couldn't wait to sell it after 1 year but, I drive so much the value is very poor. Maybe at the 3 year mark I will be able to get rid of car."

Mark L., IL (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"It began to leak immediately. When my wife returned to the dealership we showed the mechanics the stains on our driveway. He practically called my wife a liar. He asked her if the mailman was parking on our driveway. A service advisor gave her a large piece of cardboard to place under the vehicle overnight. Sure enough, there were a couple of stains the following morning. We recently brought it in again - a year after this occurred. They reported two wet spots. My wife had to make another appointment where they performed 4 hours worth of work. I've never had a problem like this with a new vehicle I've leased or puchased. We will probably never lease or buy a Honda Pilot again and we love Honda. We have the Accord and Odyssey and they never gave us an issue."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"grinding noise when steeringwheel is turned"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"A small 2mm diameter spot of paint was noticed missing 2 weeks after delivery on the front right corner of the bumper."

Jason P., NY (2018 Honda Pilot EX 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

Differential

"Noticed the differential leaking slightly. Dealer repaired problem satisfactorily under warranty."

Steven W., NY (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Engine Major

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

Body Integrity

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

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

Brakes

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

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE:GASOLINE:BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
Apr 12 2019
Teeth separation from the timing belt may result in an engine stall, increasing the risk of crash.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018-2019 Acura MDX and Honda Pilot vehicles and 2019 Acura RLX, RLX Sport Hybrid, TLX and Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline vehicles. The timing belt teeth may separate from the belt.
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicle and replace any affected timing belt free of charge. Vehicles receiving a replacement timing belt will also have the engine inspected and any damaged components will be replaced for free. The recall began June 7, 2019. Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's number for this recall is L4M. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura's number for this recall is Z4L.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V298000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 93946
SEATS
Apr 05 2018
In the event of a crash, if the seat does not remain secured to the floor, the seat occupant has an increased risk of injury.
Summary:
Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2018 Honda Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles and 2018 Acura MDX vehicles. The front driver and passenger powered seats in the Honda vehicles and the driver powered seats in the Acura vehicles may have been assembled with improperly manufactured rivets. In the event of a crash, the rivets can break causing the seats not to be secured to the floor. As such, these vehicles may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 207, "Seating Systems," and 210, "Seat Belt Assembly Anchorages."
What should you do:
Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver seat frame assembly in Acura MDX vehicles, and replace the driver and front passenger seat slide rail frames in Honda Pilot and Ridgeline vehicles, free of charge. The recall began May 30, 2018. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda's numbers for this recall is D0S, and T0T.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V221000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5810
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