2016 Honda Pilot WARNING REVIEWS

Top 10 Problems. Top 10 Complaints. Top 10 Issues.

2016 Honda Pilot Problems Report Includes:


  • 2016 Honda Pilot Top 10 Complaints
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  • 2016 Honda Pilot Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Honda Pilot Top 10 Reviews




List of Reviews & Complaints: Top 10 Problems. Top 10 Complaints. Top 10 Issues

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Starting at
$37,055
Engine
3.5L V6

Power
280 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
19/27
Seats
8

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2016 Honda Pilot Problems Report:


  • 2016 Honda Pilot Top 10 Complaints
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  • 2016 Honda Pilot Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Honda Pilot Reviews
  • 2016 Honda Pilot Defects

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2016 Honda Pilot Overview

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The 2016 Honda Pilot is improved in almost every way. The cabin is not only quieter and more refined, but also more versatile. An updated engine and two new transmissions increase both power and fuel economy. Also, a new, stiffer body improves ride and handling while giving the 2016 Honda Pilot a more conservative appearance. Check out our review of this roomy, eight-seat Honda crossover.

Big and blocky on the outside but underneath just a roomy, family-friendly crossover, the previous-generation Honda Pilot perhaps tried a little too hard to look like something it wasn't. It was like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory gearing up in full Under Armour apparel to fake his way into an iron man competition. This time around, the fully redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot has a more traditional crossover appearance. It's probably a more honest approach, and it's backed up by new improvements that have made this third-generation Pilot a better choice for a three-row large crossover than ever before. The redesigned 2016 Honda Pilot has a new styling that more closely matches the smaller CR-V. Honda focused much of its attention to the Pilot's interior, which is more modern, more refined and easier to see out of. The Pilot was always roomy and versatile, but extra leg- and headroom in the third row, in particular, makes it friendlier for passengers of all sizes. There are also more bins and cupholders for your personal items. Up front, a new 8-inch touchscreen interface brings the Pilot up to date in terms of technology features and controls. The screen, standard on all but the base LX, gives the Pilot's dash a clean look, though it's not intuitive or responsive to use as some other touchscreen systems. The rest of the cabin benefits from improved, softer materials and additional acoustic materials that quell noise. Honda also adds a top-of-the-line Elite model this year that is loaded with such features as a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs and a heated steering wheel. Even if you don't get the Elite, though, Honda is offering a new collection of safety features (available on all but the base LX) that includes forward collision mitigation and lane departure prevention. The ride and handling are also improved thanks to a stiffer structure made with more high-strength steel and a weight reduction of about 250 pounds. The smooth ride is worthy of a luxury car, and although handling still isn't sporty, it's controlled and the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system provides impressive traction around corners (not to mention snow, mud or sand). The reduced weight also teams with a pair of new transmissions and 30 extra horsepower to raise fuel economy and provide more willing thrust. As a result of the 2016 changes, the Honda Pilot is now one of the best large crossovers. However, there are several strong choices. The 2016 Toyota Highlander has been our top-rated choice with strengths that closely mirror those of the well-rounded Pilot. If space is your major concern, the 2016 Chevrolet Traverse can't be beat. The wagonlike 2016 Ford Flex is equal parts stylish and versatile, while the 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe stands out for its value. Each are worth a look, and while we will need more time with the new Pilot to declare it a class leader, its well-rounded attributes (not to mention Honda's reputation for reliability and high resale values) make it seem like a pretty good place to start when searching for a large family SUV.

When it comes to three-row SUVs that offer modern amenities, plenty of room for large families and surprising efficiency, the 2016 Honda Pilot is at the top of the list. It hits all the high notes for versatility, comfort and efficiency, not to mention Honda's reputation for reliability. Read on to see what else it has in store.

The Pilot is completely redesigned for the 2016 model year.



2016 Honda Pilot Problems




2016 Honda Pilot Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Beth Ethen

on Oct/10/16 08:06 AM (UTC)

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Pilot flies on it's own

Great car, really glad we purchased it!

By Leroy King

on Oct/09/16 04:27 PM (UTC)

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Great car

Great suv ,my first suv

By Justin Wall

on Sep/27/16 08:07 AM (UTC)

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By Sukhi Sawhney

on Aug/29/16 08:20 AM (UTC)

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By MDudas

on Mar/13/17 08:10 AM (UTC)

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By John

on Aug/11/16 09:13 PM (UTC)

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Great Car

I traded in my 2010 Toyota Sienna last October. The first thing the 2016 Pilot impressed me is its fuel economy. It is much better than my Toyota van. In the Minnesota winter, I could get average of 20 mpg for mixed local and freeway drivings. The new Pilot is also very quiet, much lower road noise compared to the minivan I had. The ride is so smooth and stable. On a smooth road, you just can't feel the speed you are driving. With the AWD, it handles so well on snow. The car doesn't look big from outside, but sitting inside you feel it's quite roomy. I had 8 adult rides several times and never heard anyone complained. Before I bought the Pilot, I read much about the problems with the same 9-speed transmission on Jeep. But I never had any issue with my transmission. It always shifts smoothly up and down, and reacts swiftly. I guess Honda must have a better software control. The lane keeping technology works very well even with poor road marks, at night, and in rain conditions. I really enjoy driving the 2016 Pilot.

By Tracey

on Jul/27/16 05:55 PM (UTC)

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Edmunds.com shows you the DEALS!

After shopping around, unlike what you used to do with a sales person, there was NO negotiating the price of buying this vehicle anywhere. However, technology certainly played a role in the purchase of this vehicle and Edmunds.com was a huge help in locating the best deal in Southern California. We love our SUV! Thank you!

By Jake Holvey

on Jul/27/16 11:09 AM (UTC)

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Great but a little boring

It's big. Takes up more space in our garage than our old pathfinder. Great comfort but not much personality. Family loves it.

By Sarah Donley

on Jul/27/16 08:56 AM (UTC)

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No longer a Mini-Van Owner!

Loving my new Pilot. I was worried that moving from a mini-van to an SUV may make me sacrifice space. But the Pilot is very roomy. And definitely more stylish!

By MJTX

on Jul/27/16 08:09 AM (UTC)

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By Sandra Hardman

on Jul/24/16 01:03 PM (UTC)

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By Michael Manfredo

on Jul/21/16 04:49 PM (UTC)

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2016 Honda Pilot


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My review with short time of pilot

needs some noise reduce while driving when window are open

By Bharat Patel

on Jul/08/16 07:47 AM (UTC)

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By Mark

on Jul/05/16 02:46 PM (UTC)

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By Amit

on Jul/02/16 12:24 PM (UTC)

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Low mpg. Comfy car

Excellent car. But gives low mph

By Rob Mart

on Mar/13/17 08:10 AM (UTC)

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Pilot on top!!

We are currently leasing a Pilot. This SUV is a great vehicle. The interior space is so big and the ride is so comfortable. Great for family trips as this seats 8 comfortably. A little pricey but worth every single cent. Really glad we went with Honda as our make.

By Ar Martin

on Jun/17/16 12:21 PM (UTC)

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Great Car

It is everything I expected and more, I think it should have a satellite system

By Phil Hamilton

on Jun/15/16 11:26 AM (UTC)

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Stylish 2016 Honda Pilot

Great car,great value.

By William Sinclair

on Jun/15/16 09:24 AM (UTC)

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My Co-Pilot

We still love our new Pilot!

By Jeonghyun Lee

on Jun/13/16 08:40 AM (UTC)

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I love it.

Everything good

By Lee Casler

on Jun/05/16 01:31 PM (UTC)

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Does not downshift well when you want to pass

Shifting problems but seems better after a software fix. It was only a little better, Hard to pass from 55 mph, it does not downshift well at that speed. Huge problem with electronics. Center gps/radio display broke twice. It was replaced. Odometer reset at fill-up does not reset every 3 fill-ups. Driver door does not unlock often. have to press fob to unlock door. Touch screen for radio difficult. Have to take eyes off of road. What ever happened to knobs? Passenger cannot set navigation with car moving. That sucks. On the good side, the car is very quiet and comfortable. Has really good seats. Good acceleration most of the time. The economy is amazing compared to my 3 other pilots.

By John Taulbee

on May/25/16 05:02 PM (UTC)

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Bought a beautiful Sapphire Metallic Honda Pilot

Bought the SUV one month ago. So far we love it. Too soon to tell about reliability, but we're optimistic.

By Steven Bochicchio

on May/21/16 11:09 AM (UTC)

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By CJ

on May/15/16 01:05 PM (UTC)

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By Lmiller

on May/03/16 07:08 AM (UTC)

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Two things

The idle stop should defalt to off. With two car seats in the second row, the 3rd row is not accessable.

By Roberto Prego Novo

on Apr/12/16 08:17 AM (UTC)

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Honda

see different alternatives

By JG

on Apr/10/16 08:18 AM (UTC)

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By Adam B

on Apr/09/16 02:55 PM (UTC)

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By Youngho Yang

on Mar/24/16 08:10 PM (UTC)

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By Mark Behrendt

on Mar/19/16 05:38 PM (UTC)

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By Tom McColl

on Mar/16/16 02:57 PM (UTC)

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Even better than my 2005 EX-L

The new Pilot is hugely improved in every aspect over the outgoing model. I find the looks are much nicer than the outgoing boxy model, which I didn't like compared to the original Pilot design it replaced. I had my '05 Pilot EX-L for over 11 trouble-free years and 168K miles. The new '16 blows it away for gas mileage. I've been getting way better than EPA estimates. My old Pilot was typically 17-18 city and around 22-23 highway with a best of 25 mpg. For first 2,000 miles, the new Pilot returned 22 mpg city and 27-28 highway mpg with one tank a legitimate 30.6 mpg in ECO mode!

Keyless key system is great. I wanted a Black Forest Pearl EX cloth AWD but the only one that finally showed up was one with Homda Sensing, $1000 more. I got it. The sensing is okay but to me, it's a bit of a novelty and I find to get the best mileage, I don't use it nor do I use cruise control if the roads are not flat.

XM radio is great, as is the other electronic features. I hope they last.

By GP

on Mar/14/16 08:08 AM (UTC)

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By LL

on Mar/01/16 05:44 PM (UTC)

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Love it

Great ride and lots of cargo space. Went from a Tahoe to this and I was worried about size with two kids but this has been great! The accessibility to the third row is great with the technology they used. I also enjoy being able to adjust the back seats. Well designed inside and out!

By FirstHonda17

on Feb/15/16 12:33 PM (UTC)

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A moms take: All seems well, except for the radio

This is my first Honda. Before this I had Sienna AWD minivans (two back to back.) My kids are a little older, so I was excited to get out of the van. (Personally, if you have small kids-go with a van for a while, worry less about image and go for space and ease of use. Nothing beats sliding doors with young kids and the extra space is grand. I can't live without AWD- so the Sienna was the only choice- but my goodness the van really could go places (think hauling grain through the pasture to the horse barn....steep driveway in snow.)
So, I knew I wanted an AWD model and I knew I need some space, since I was used to a van for a dozen years! Honda Pilot earned my purchase with the following:
-Love the ease of the flip 3rd row space. One pull. Can do it with a grocery bag in your arms.
-Love the flip up hidden space in the back- and the genius of storing the board. Makes a great grocery bag pit one day and can flip to flat storage (hauling more grain) in like 3 seconds.
-3rd row is for real- I can fit three smaller 12 year olds back there and it will work for 2 growing teens with ease.
-Easy to get to back row with push button flip.
-Second row folds flat- or I can fold part of it flat to produce the cargo room I need.
-Like the AWD. Drove home in snow last night and liked the SNOW mode.
-Driver seat super comfy and adjustable.
-GREAT SIGHT LINES out of vehicle.
-Fun to drive.
-This was my first smart key. Love the remote start, and most of all, never having to take key out of purse to unlock or lock.
-Sunroof is nice. Like the light it gives the cabin.
-EX-L model seemed to have enough to feel luxurious to me, without the extra bells I didn't want.
-Lane watch for right lane is pretty cool.
-Easy connection for blue tooth to my phone.
-I love the look. I think function comes before form in cars, but so far I feel I have both.

The BIG disappointment: The radio. Sounds isn't really good. But that I can live with better than the fade that happens on FM. It just gets softer and muffled out of no where and then will turn up later. It doesn't matter the station. My dealer did not warn me of this, which was disappointing. Honda claims they will fix it---when a fix is determined.

By Kumar

on Jan/29/16 08:53 AM (UTC)

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Pilot of your dreams ?? May be May be not.

This is a good solid car and good value for the money. However the infotainment is not very intuitive and user friendly. The acceleration is ok but in the ECO mode is very feeble. Merging on to oncoming traffic in ECO mode is not pleasant. The interior on the EX-L with RES is well done. The ride quality is very good. Over all we like the car.

By Rebecca.mattis@gmail.com

on Jan/27/16 02:50 PM (UTC)

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Great so far!

I got this car last week and am loving it so far. Very smartly designed, super sleek look, and incredibly comfortable.

By Mrod

on Jan/25/16 06:38 AM (UTC)

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ENGINE NOISE COLD START

2016 Honda Pilot engine woodpecker noise at cold star and at idle.It was first noticed the morning after vehicle was acquired new in November 2015.The noise increases with slight acceleration.
Noise similar to woodpecker rattle sound or diesel engine sound when accelerating. Noise also noticed when vehicle sitting for a few days in cold temperature.

By Krishna

on Jan/15/16 11:58 AM (UTC)

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Honda Pilot Touring

Looks great and got all the tech needed.
I'm loving it

By Tiger55109

on Nov/17/15 09:52 AM (UTC)

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2016 Honda Pilot Touring

Drove around 2000 miles, so far so good. Initial gear shifting is little jerky. Touch screen is slow to respond. Quite interior. Steering is little soft, could be little. tighter. 5/31/2016- There were some noise coming from steering column, took to Honda dealer for navigation software update and asked them to look into the noise, I was told they opened the steering column and looked harness/wearing and put back together. That fixed that noise. 8500 miles now. It is OK SUV, nothing great.

By Harley

on Sep/08/15 01:13 AM (UTC)

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Pilot $7,500 cheaper than MDX

Dark colors look better than light colors. Front armrest stupid. Styling same as other Asian cars

By Leslie Feray

on Aug/31/15 02:15 PM (UTC)

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A month (now year) and no complaints - UPDATED

***Now it's been a year - Edmunds asked me to update this see below *** Wanted to wait a month before posting a review; I always rely on Edmunds info for car purchases. I have been very pleased. My previous vehicle was a 2011 Sequoia LTD. From an interior perspective, there is not that much less room than the Sequoia, but is so much easier to handle and drive. I have not experienced any problems with acceleration, braking, noises, etc. I did place an 8" screen protector over the navigation and it has helped tremendously on fingerprints. I love the blue LED lighting at night throughout the interior. I find the navigation and Bluetooth features easy to use - I have mainly used the screen and not the voice recognition.

In deciding on the Pilot I also seriously considered the Infinity QX60 and the Toyota Highlander. The Highlander was eliminated because I really wanted a bench 2nd row and with that criteria you have to get a basic Highlander without a lot of the "nice" features. The QX60 you could get similar features to the Touring Pilot Model, but the price shot way up and often some of the safety features were "packaged" with other features I didn't want. Another feature I really like on the Pilot is the wide console between the two seats which is "friendly" to hold a purse or papers. It's flat the QX60 was narrow and curved. I routinely have a teenager in the front seat so that is important to me. Lots of storage compartments in the back is another big plus.

The only two things I've noticed after driving several hundred miles (things you don't notice when you test drive) the clock is part of the navigation screen. The kids love it - they can clearly see it from the backseat, however you do not see the time until the "warning" messages go away when you start the car. For someone that checks the time the minute they start the car, this is taking some getting used to - again minor - but what I noticed. Also the Auto Engine Stop takes some getting used to when driving in traffic. You can turn it off at any time, but it appears that you have to turn it off every time you start the car. It's not like the "econ" mode that stays on or off indefinitely independent of turning the car on and off. But it's an easy button to reach. I really like the "push button" gear shifts - a lot more than I thought I would - so fast and convenient.

One tip on extended warranty - if you choose to do one - I did Honda Care - the dealership started out hundreds more than you can purchase one on-line for. Honda Care is Honda Care - doesn't matter which dealership it is purchased from. If that is something you are interested in, get a price quote from the internet before signing the papers at the dealership. Make them match or beat the price you can get on-line... we saved over $800 buying the warranty this way.

UPDATE ONE YEAR LATER Still no complaints... still love it; a pleasure to drive. Have not had not take it back to the dealer for any issues. Just oil change/tire rotation. Gas mileage has been good for all city driving (22 to 24 mpg)...comfy and serves it's purpose as family SUV and hauler of many things. We even had company this summer and 8 of us (all adult size - 5 of us taller than 6 ft) rode in it comfortably for a 30 minute drive to go to a restaurant together. Amazing how much leg room is available in 3rd row.

By Praveen Madan

on Mar/13/17 07:05 AM (UTC)

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Transmission issue at 13k Miles for Elite Pilot!!

Just have ~ 13k miles and am having same transmission issues on 9 speed as everyone else. last week dropped the car at the dealer and today morning got the news that transmission and other oils have mixed (no reason given) they are going to change the entire transmission. This is really Honda's failure as it's high end car with major transmission issue for which we have all paid ~ 50 grand. Even if they change the entire transmission, the car has lost it's value who is going to pay for that?I have lost confidence of owing a Honda (have been driving accord and now pilot for last 11 years!!) Honda should recall this [non-permissible content removed]and pay us back- can be all do something about it? This is causing stress...

By Kevin Reeve

on Feb/27/17 07:47 PM (UTC)

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Worst Purchase EVER!

I bought my Pilot in November 2015. Out the gate I have had problems with the entertainment system. Problems consist of hands free button not recognizing my voice, dropped calls, people saying it sounds like I'm in a wind tunnel (even though all the windows are up and A/C is off), radio stations not showing on the display, voice recognition system not being able to distinguish what name is being said, system randomly re-booting while driving, calls not being transferred to car system. There are more problems but I think you get the idea. I have an Iphone 6S (IOS 10.2.1). I have also tried paring a Samsung and LG phones to the system and still the problems exist. In the last 6 months I have had the entire info system replaced, the FM receiver replaced, and 2 software updates. Problems still exist. I have a case open with Honda USA and now (as of February 24th the dealer is saying that I have to live with the problems with the info system. I will be contacting Honda USA again. No one should have to live with a problem with a new vehicle especially after spending >$35k for the vehicle. In addition to the info system problems I am experience problems with the vehicle locking (or lack there of) while walking away. The dealer has replaced a sensor in the drivers door and a proximity sensor in the car but the problem still exists. Other issues include the wipers malfunctioning and the spin control system kicking in when the vehicle isn't spinning. I have owned Honda's in the past but they did a poor job on the new Pilots.

By William Mchie

on Feb/19/17 05:35 PM (UTC)

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Just bought it and luv it

It feels much wider than our previous SUV (probably is) and my wife is a little skittish driving and parking it. I think it will just take time to adjust.

By Darrylc54@yahoo.com

on Feb/14/17 10:31 AM (UTC)

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Pilot Excellence

I was told to be wary of this new Pilot but it is EVERYTHING it was supposed to be. Nine speed is awesome and ride across country was a dream. All of the safety features are a big plus and ACC worked great.. Great job Honda

By Johnny Kassay

on Feb/09/17 04:53 AM (UTC)

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Bigger than than the CR-V

The Pilot is a lot bigger than the CR-V, it had taken some getting used to when judging parking and such. Very roomy however. The only thing about the car that I don't care for is the keyless start system.

By Greg Bill

on Jan/19/17 02:08 PM (UTC)

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2016 EX 2 months review

Purchase for wife who drove 2012 MDX. This is better and less $. Wife loves the how the middle seat slides forward to let the grandkids into the 3rd seat. Bought used with 4K miles for $34K. Fastest car I've ever owned. Electronics are quirky. Radio display drops channels and then they reappear later on the screen. Overall quality seems great. Great ride and easy to drive. Love the 2016 styling. Would recommend.

By K Beal

on Jan/19/17 12:49 PM (UTC)

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If Mom is not happy, no one is

I owned a 2007 pilot, followed by a 2012 Odyssey, followed by last year we purchased a 2016 Honda Pilot Touring. I love Hondas and really only had one car in mind when it was time to trade in my vehicle. I have two small children so the entertainment system was definitely important. I also drive a lot for work so a clear, easy to use Bluetooth is also a priority. Honda features are great with no concerns. Now the Bluetooth. I have two iPhones 6 devices (one ATT and one Verizon). When I go to make a call, it has to make a voice connection and THEN you have to touch transfer on the screen to get it to switch to Bluetooth. So long for handsfree calling!! I took it to Honda and they said it was a Handsfree Bluetooth issue and that I should contact them. If you google it and look at their compatibility, it only is up to OS 8.3 (the current update was 10.2). It does not even mention an iPhone 7, so good luck if you have that. My second issue is the RES. If you have a child that can work the remote, they can handle it from the back seat. Otherwise, you are screwed and will have kids yelling at you that the movie won't start and it started over every time you got back in the car while running errands. (Once again, Honda says it is the new DVDs that just do not work). If the DVD goes to a start menu, it will not start automatically. Apparently, older DVDs may have an autoplay and those supposedly will work. Either way, there is no control over the movie from the front seat. After paying 48000 for a new Honda, it feels like a kick in the gut, when all of the older models are more sophisticated and operate better than the new 2016.

By Debbie L.

on Jan/16/17 03:10 PM (UTC)

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My son is a Pilot as well.....

Absolutely love this pilot. Very comfortable, excellent safety features, stylish. I went from an Audi to my Honda Pilot and just LOVE it. It's the 2016 model so not boxy and large like it used to be (which I liked as well). I still get it confused with the Mercedes SUV's that are in the parking lot as well as the BMW SUV's. I am surprised on the gas mileage we are getting with our Pilot - averaging 25-28 mph - which is more than we were getting with our Audi A4. This Pilot is everyone in our family's favorite!

By Stephanie Lyle

on Dec/31/16 10:42 AM (UTC)

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Transmission Issues BEWARE!

We have had our Pilot Elite since August 2015. In the past month out of nowhere, we are also experiencing the chirping noise and shifting issue between 20-30 MPH. There are also issues with shifting and jerkiness at other speeds and the cruise control constantly fluctuates and jerks. We took the vehicle in to the dealer today and they admitted that this his a frequent issue they are seeing with the Elite and Touring models. They are going to put us in a rental and replace the transmission. I am not happy that my car that is barely a year old has to have a new transmission. We have always been Honda owners and have NEVER had a problem with our cars. This is beyond disappointing. I intend to contact American Honda and voice my concerns and open a case. If there are any further problems after this transmission is replaced, I will expect Honda to replace the vehicle. Other than issue we have loved the vehicle up until now.


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    111.0 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    194.5 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    69.8 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    7.3 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    4120 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    8
  • Front Leg Room
    40.9 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    62.0 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    38.4 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    62.0 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    18.5 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    4.25 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Four-wheel
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
    Yes


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    245
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60
  • Rear Tire Speed Rating
    H



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front, Rear And Third Row
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    7
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Radio
    AM/FM
  • Watts
    225
  • Subwoofer
    1


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Dual
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control
  • Air Filtration
    Interior Air Filtration


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    Gas
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    19.5 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

EX / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.8 sec @ 96 mph
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Elite / AWD / 9A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.5 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.1 sec @ 91.2 mph
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    Motor Trend

Elite / AWD / 9A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.8 sec @ 93.9 mph
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Elite / AWD / 9A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.1 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    14.8 sec @ 94 mph
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True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $30,651
  • Private Seller Price
    $32,154
  • Dealer Price
    $33,288
  • Original MSRP
    $37,055


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2016 Honda Pilot JD Power

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  • About average

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    19 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    27 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Honda Pilot Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / Unlimited miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    Not offered

2016 Honda Pilot Key Factors

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Pros

  • The Pilot's interior is versatile, with roomy rear seats
  • All-wheel-drive system handles poor weather with ease
  • Ride is smooth and compliant in most conditions
  • No shortage of clever storage solutions
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • High-tech safety features are available on most trims.

Cons

  • Third-row access is narrow.
  • Adaptive cruise control has clumsy reactions
  • Touchscreen interface isn't intuitive
  • Collision warning system is overly sensitive
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission lacks refinement


2016 Honda Pilot True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,156$1,196 $1,238$1,282 $1,327$6,199
Maintenance$75$311 $726$368 $3,357$4,837
Repairs$0$0 $111$269 $393$773
Taxes & Fees$3,249$257 $234$214 $197$4,151
Financing$1,060$841 $612$377 $135$3,025
Depreciation$7,615$3,485 $3,067$2,719 $2,441$19,327
Fuel$1,841$1,897 $1,954$2,012 $2,073$9,777
True Cost To Own ®$14,996$7,987 $7,942$7,241 $9,923$48,089

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Honda Pilot NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 10/27/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Since purchase 3 months ago, the hood shakes violently at speeds above 55 mph and especially under windy conditions. it is exceptionally bad in high wind and when passing oncoming vehicles. it is obvious the hood is not sufficiently strong enough to withstand these wind pressures without causing some kind of damage in the future. feels like it is only a matter of time before the hood actually bends or breaks at 80 mph highway speed limit.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/12/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Driving at freeway speeds i noticed the hood was shaking. this car has about 3500 miles on it. i pulled over to check the hood to ensure it was secure, got back up to freeway speeds and it continued to shake. it looks like it might fly off at any time. also concerned about fatigue of the joints over time due to the vibration.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/30/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: YesNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 honda pilot. while driving at 55 mph, the engine shut off and the entire instrument panel illuminated. the contact noticed smoke emitting from the front driver side. after lifting the hood, flames emitted from the passenger side near the engine. the contact was able to extinguish the fire. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 1,600.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/14/2015

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Roof rail covers blew off at highway speeds. poor fit on front roof rail cover moldings leaves air gap. at highway speeds this can cause the 8 foot strips of rubber, pastic moldings to fly off vehicle. this has serious accident potential at highways speeds. online forums are flooded with similar issues on all trim levels of the 2016 honda pilot.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/06/2015

Component(s): SEATS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Front seat headrest are angled to far forward and hurt my neck!


Date Complaint Filed: 10/23/2015

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My 2016 honda pilot exl sensing has very poor headlights for seeing the road surface in front of the vehicle even with the driving/fog lights turned on while in motion on city streets. these headlamps are also not the best on distance objects. i leave the switch in the auto position so i have to turn them on and off sometime to see if they are even on at night or if it is just the daylight running lights that are on. with the vehicle stationary about 8 feet from my garage door the headlamps beam has a sharp cut off for any objects above 33 inches and for any objects below 21 inches. this presents a narrow horizontal beam of light of about of about 12 inches, this may be the new standard or great for fog, but it makes me uncomfortable in a car i bought primarily for safe transportation.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/05/2015

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I had just pulled out of my garage when the tailgate window on my eight day old, 2016 honda pilot forcefully exploded. it blew shards of glass 15 feet behind the vehicle. the force broke the rear window wiper and bent the window wiper arm down. all this occurred while i was travelling about 5 to 10 miles an hour. the car was completely out of the garage, but not far from it. no one was around the car. my husband was in the back yard and heard the explosion. our honda dealer said we pressed the wiper into the window causing pressure which broke the window. i was driving alone in the car. if anyone had been behind the vehicle they would have been shredded by flying glass. it didn't drop to the ground it flew 15 feet behind the car. this presents a dangerous situation if people are nearby as on a city street or parking lot. from the internet i see this has happened to many other vehicle makers, not just honda.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/10/2015

Component(s): POWER TRAIN | SUSPENSION | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I write to you to convey my safety concerns regarding a new honda 2016 pilot. my attempts to resolve my concerns with american honda motor co., inc. were met with tepid reluctance and a cavalier neglectful attitude. 1.at high speeds (55-75 mph) the vehicle oversteers and during emergency avoidance maneuvers becomes unstable. twice while avoiding dear on interstate highways, i have almost lost control and was seriously concerned about rolling the vehicle over. i own and have driven a 2003 pilot for over 180,000 miles and never experienced this sort of issue. i believe the suspension is incorrectly designed and that unexpected and unnecessary rollovers are imminent. 2.the “auto idle off” feature turns the engine completely off at certain times and under certain circumstances. it takes between 900 and 1,300 milliseconds to recover power to the wheels when this happens. unlike hybrid vehicles (from which this feature was taken), there is no alternative electrical motor to provide torque to the drivetrain while the engine restarts and as a result, there is delay in accelerating. in the vast majority of times, this is of no consequence however in a small fraction this delay increases the risk of collision. about once per week, i experience a delay in entering dense traffic within short interstate merge lanes. this delay of about one second is enough to remove my margin of error and increases the risk of collision during a merging maneuver. while there is a switch to defeat this feature, it resets every time the vehicle is turned off and remembering to override it every time is inconsistent with human memory and performance.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/18/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 honda pilot. the contact stated that the vehicle would not start. the vehicle had to be towed to a honda dealer where the failure could not be diagnosed. the vehicle was taken back to the dealer and the failure recurred six days later. when the failure recurred, the transmission failure warning indicator illuminated. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it could not be diagnosed or repaired. the vehicle was given back to the contact, but the vehicle stalled a few days later and all the warning indicators illuminated. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 900.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/20/2015

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The four doors must receive an usual amount of force for normal closure. we are always leaving a door ajar when we exit. from the inside must pull door with more than usual force. best to keep hand on door until closed which i have never had to do in a new car and i have purchased numerous new cars over the years. the door feels like dead weight - has almost no closure force. it helps some to open a window or another door to relieve the back pressure but still is not a normal door closure. i have gone to three dealers and nothing they can do since no there is no adjustment. i had a 2009 pilot and the doors worked just fine. one honda dealer said the door is likely too heavy for hardware.


Date Complaint Filed: 12/17/2015

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Safety recall 15v-668 active, it appears car alarm & security system was compromised by another car remote. in sams parking lot i approached my vehicle and opened rear deck and while loading items in car a horn started blowing another suv in left park space lights were flashing but it was my car horn blowing, no lights on, other car owner opened his rear deck and loaded items, my wife got out her key and silenced my car horn, we left & traveled 8 mile, stopped, get out my vehicle would not lock with door handle, key fob ormanual lock on door. dic displayed key not recognized, all outside lights stay on 10 min, i cranked car got on i 20 i did not hear doors lock.dic normal i opened my driver door and passenger door opened at 70 mph. this is a serious safety issue. got home shut off car tried lock / unlock several times ok lights go on/off in normal maner. i have a dealer app for recall 12-22-15


Date Complaint Filed: 01/06/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE | FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On november 10, 2015, at approximately 5:30pm, my wife and i were traveling on north i-75 in southwest ohio. besides ourselves, we had our two young grandchildren in the car. the car’s computer started displaying a changing series of warnings generally indicating various system failures. the car basically started to shut down. since we were in the far right lane, my wife was able to coast over to the shoulder. if we had been traveling in the middle or left lane of traffic, there would have been little if any chance of moving over to the curb. the car, with two young children in the back seat, would have shut down leaving us in the path of very fast moving cars and trucks. the only outcome was a potentially deadly high-speed rear end collision. we had to have the car towed to our honda dealer approximately 40 miles away. on november 27, the day after thanksgiving, the same failure occurred at approximately 2:30pm. this time we were 400 miles from home traveling east on highway 11-e, between greeneville and johnson city, tennessee. i caught the failure early enough before the engine shut down and was able to coast the car to a parking lot of an out-of-business store. this time instead of two young children, we had two elderly great grandparents. the dealer that handled the first incident diagnosed the problem as a software issue. however, the second dealer diagnosed it as a fuel pump relay not properly connected. this relay requires a special tool to install it. see attached letter with attachments for all details including service invoices.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/26/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving straight on a highway, i heard a loud noise from the top of my car. the sunroof glass had spontaneously shattered. when i looked through my rear view mirror i could see some pieces flying. thankfully, the car behind me was far away enough that they were not hit by these glass pieces and also had my interior slider closed. a serious accident could have occurred if both my slider wasn't closed and/or the car behind me was close to me. i've had the car for less than 3 months, i contacted honda and advised them of the incident and brought it in to their service department. they claimed to have never heard of anything like this happening before. they have ordered a replacement glass for my sunroof. i'm still waiting for it come in. i also went online and researched sunroofs breaking out of nowhere and did come across many other similar complaints. it seems that it may be happening more frequently with newer vehicles because they are built lighter with thinner metals and thinner glass. the glass used on sunroofs more commonly is tempered glass, not laminated glass. tempered glass is more prone to shattering when pressure builds up inside the car. when i spoke to honda corporate and the dealer, neither one could tell me what kind of glass was on the sunroof because they didn't know. i hope this matter can be further looked into. i hope it doesn't happen again. this was a very frightening experience that could have very easily been worse.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/29/2016

Component(s): STRUCTURE:BODY

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Engine hood bends in all directions in high winds & when passing commercial trucks: looks like it will come off at any moment, to strike the windshield. experienced this on the same highway on every trip from california to arizona and back.speed was 75 mph (legal limit). will video tape this on the next trip.very frightening! has been to dealer three times re this issue: they have no answers and no repair offered.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/28/2016

Component(s): ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 honda pilot. the contact stated that an abnormal sound was heard, after the vehicle was started and the vehicle temperature warm. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician confirmed that there was an abnormal noise coming from the engine. the vehicle was not repaired. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the failure mileage was 1,400.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/31/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Vehicle surges forward when 9-speed automatic transmission shifts during coasting or light braking. surging routinely occurs at moderate speeds ( 35-45mph ) when coasting downhill on a secondary highway. surging has also occurred at parking lot speeds, and has necessitated emergency braking to avoid collision. honda motor company has acknowledged similar behavior in another model that shares identical engine and transmission with this vehicle ( aside from differences in tuning ), the 2016 acura mdx, and a software repair campaign is underway for that vehicle. at this time, no software repair has been announced for the 2016 honda pilot touring. several repair attempts have been made by a local honda service department, with no improvement.


Date Complaint Filed: 01/31/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

9-speed transmission in the "touring" trim level of 2016 honda pilot has an electronic push-button shifter. this shifter intermittently fails to respond to firm button pushes. this is especially problematic when shifting from forward to reverse or vice versa in parking situations. on several occasions, after coming to a complete stop and firmly depressing the shifter button to reverse direction, the vehicle has accelerated in the original direction upon release of the brake. this has necessitated emergency braking to avoid collision. no warning message or chime is generated during these failures, the vehicle simply fails to acknowledge or respond to the button press. dealer service has been unable to replicate or repair the problem.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/04/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN | SERVICE BRAKES | UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

2016 honda pilot surge while trying to stop on a city street and 2 times ended up part way in the intersection. no warning lights on dash. had pilot about a month. only drove about 500 miles. concerned, so keep longer distances in traffic. setup an appointment today with local dealer to inspect per his schedule in 4 days.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/10/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We are experiencing a snap/clunk that can be heard and slightly felt through foot when applying or releasing the accelerator and also application of the brake. this only occurs when the vehicle is in a colder (probably less than 30 degrees fahrenheit) outside temps. honda dealer had look at it twice and its been in the shop 3 three times so far with the fourth visit being this morning 2/10/2016. so far they adjusted bolts and fasteners on visit one. on visit three they replaced the center drive shaft. problem still exists. because there is no know diagnosis at this time its unclear if this is a safety issue.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/16/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Ever since the day i purchased the car the radio reception has been very bad at all times moving or parked.. this is with am/fm and xm radio. the only way i can listen to music is using my cell phone via bluetooth. i have taken my pilot to the dealer and was told i need to wait for american honda to figure out a fix for this. the service department even checked all 6 pilots on the lot and they all had the same issues. i also filed a complaint with american honda and was told they are aware of the issue and i need to wait for a fix. my case managerissued me a $400 honda loyalty card which can be used for parts or service at any honda dealer (she said the card for for my troubles). i have been waiting since end november 2015 when i purchased the car. this is a problem with all 2016 honda pilots, there are many complaints in the online forums about this problem.






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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot explored some mountain roads this month, and it also had a run-in with rodents. Allow us to explain.

2016 Honda Pilot: Monthly Update for November 2016

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2016 Honda Pilot

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2016 Honda Pilot soldiered on this month amid an unseasonable smattering of cold and rain. The Pilot's all-wheel-drive system gave Copy Chief Kathleen Clonts peace of mind during a surprise downpour in Palm Springs, of all places, while its seat heaters came in handy on her chilly (we use the term loosely) morning commutes to the office. Meanwhile, Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds took our Honda into the twisting mountain roads above Glendora, reporting that the big crossover handled them well enough. He also encountered some rodent footprints in the engine compartment; thankfully, no damage done.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
The Pilot's lifetime average remains closer to the EPA city rating than the combined estimate, and we still haven't seen a better tank than the one Dan notched on his trip to Oregon back in July.

Average lifetime mpg: 20.1 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.8 mpg
Best range: 506.5 miles
Current odometer: 24,238 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
None, unless you count the unscheduled inspection by our muroid friends (more below).

2016 Honda Pilot

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"A quick day trip to Palm Springs to see a play on a quiet Sunday turned more eventful with rain (a big deal to Southern Californians, and the most rain I could remember in one day during the past three years). The Pilot was an unflappable performer, the all-wheel drive a comfort on the slick roads." — Kathleen Clonts, Copy Chief

"The sinuous mountain roads above Glendora attract all sorts. You'll find motorcycles in abundance, cyclists looking for a workout, and if you get there early enough, you might even come across a squadron of crazy-pants downhill skateboarders. It's that kind of road. The whole area is bristling with blind turns that are interspersed with squirts of acceleration and braking. The Honda Pilot is by no means optimized for roads like this, but the curves don't flummox it, either. Of course, Honda doesn't need its Pilot to excel up here, because there are other products in its inventory that do — some with four wheels and many others with just two." — Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2016 Honda Pilot

Comfort
"When the temps dipped below 60, the seat heated up in a flash. It felt noticeably toasty in less than a minute, making the drive home much cozier." — Kathleen Clonts

Miscellaneous
"I opened the hood of our 2016 Pilot to help my daughter jump-start her car and was greeted by the remnants of what looked like a varmint dance party. The usual thin film of underhood dust was dotted with rat footprints. Or maybe large mice. I'm not sure where the mouse/rat zoological cutoff is.

"I'd seen this before, but only after my old minivan had stumbled and died to the accompaniment of a check engine light. In that case, mice had holed up under the engine cover and gnawed on some fairly important wires. Insurance covered about half of it, and it returned to the road, but it was a lesson learned.

"With that in mind, I tore off the Pilot's engine cover and examined all the wires I could see. No signs of gnawing anywhere at all. I guess they were just passing through. The fact that this car doesn't follow an established pattern and stay in the same driveway every night may be why these varmints didn't set up shop under there." — Dan Edmunds

2016 Honda Pilot

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Three men and three dogs hit the open road in Edmunds' long-term 2016 Honda Pilot. That's the centerpiece of our October 2016 monthly update.

2016 Honda Pilot: Monthly Update for October 2016

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

Where Did We Drive It?
October was a big month for our 2016 Honda Pilot test SUV, as we added over 2,500 miles to its odometer. More than half of those miles were accumulated during Automotive Editor Mark Takahashi's weeklong road trip through Northern California and Nevada — an excursion that included three men and three hunting dogs. The rest of the month, the Pilot was employed for more typical daily tasks, such as school carpool duty and around-town errands.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Despite the number of highway miles logged this month, the Pilot's fuel economy stayed pretty flat. Our average lifetime mpg climbed a tick from 20 to 20.1, while the best fill and range remained unchanged.

Average lifetime mpg: 20.1 mpg
EPA mpg rating: 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway)
Best fill mpg: 28.8 mpg
Best range: 506.5 miles
Current odometer: 22,951 miles

Logbook Highlights

Performance
"As a road-trip vehicle, the Honda Pilot is an excellent choice. There's an abundance of space, plenty of power, a smooth ride and all the creature comforts we needed. The miles flew by thanks to the adaptive cruise control and decent range from a tank of fuel. There have been some complaints about the indecisive transmission, but on the highway that never seemed to be an issue." — Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

"I haven't driven the Pilot in months, and 10 minutes into driving I remembered how much I dislike this automatic transmission.The nine-speed stumbles in most situations, including through crawling traffic. It jumps into the next highest gear as soon as possible, so you're either in third and yearning for acceleration, or you deal with the harsh 3-2 downshift and slingshot forward. I apologized several times to my passengers for weird jerks and shudders caused by wonky transmission behavior." — Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor

2016 Honda Pilot

Interior
"There was plenty of space for three guys and three hunting dogs, and we had to keep two of them separated (the dogs, not dudes). The underfloor storage bin proved a handy place to store items that I didn't want crushed. It was deep enough to accommodate my wide-brimmed hat and stayed cool enough not to ruin my bottle of Scotch, Cuban cigars or assorted snacks." — Mark Takahashi

2016 Honda Pilot

Comfort
"On dirt roads, the ride quality remained relatively smooth and composed, and the front and rear climate controls kept the entire cabin comfy." — Mark Takahashi

"Rear seat heaters are much appreciated on this rainy, 60-degree morning. Californians have a different definition of cold weather." — Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor

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Technology-Audio
"Even on a gloomy, wet day, the backup camera on the Pilot still delivers a vibrant, clear picture when you're in reverse. Makes a huge difference when parallel parking or coming out of a space in a parking lot. Some cameras get pretty murky when the light is low, but not this one." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

2016 Honda Pilot

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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We took our 2016 Honda Pilot in for an A1 service and got a little less customer service than we'd hoped for.

2016 Honda Pilot: A1 Service Update

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 8, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

The maintenance minder for our 2016 Honda Pilot alerted us that an A1 service needed to be completed. So I scheduled an appointment with Honda of Santa Monica for 9:30 the next morning and arrived at about 9:35.

An A1 service is pretty standard stuff. According to Honda, the "A" stands for an oil and filter change, while the "1" stands for a tire rotation. I was quoted an estimated time of 90 minutes and a cost of $88. I left the Pilot in the dealership's care and retreated to the office, as it's only a mile away.

At the two-hour mark, I gave Honda of Santa Monica a call.  I was transferred to service two different times and greeted with the same automated message each time: The service department was unavailable. Click. Finally, on my third call, I got through to my service advisor's voicemail.  A few minutes later, my advisor called back saying he needed another 30 minutes with our Pilot.

Around 12:30 pm I received another call from my advisor. The Pilot was ready after a total of three hours. I was glad I didn't decide to wait in the lounge. I wondered if something out of the ordinary had happened with our Pilot, so I asked when I arrived to pick up the vehicle. I got what felt like a canned response about it being a busy morning but nothing more.

Maybe my presence at the dealership would've changed the timeframe, or maybe not. It wasn't clear why the service took longer than estimated. That left me disappointed with this visit overall.

The total for the A1 service came to $88.10.

Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 20,663 miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

After 11 months and several long road trips, our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot has just crossed over the 20,000-mile mark.

2016 Honda Pilot: Road Trips Get it to 20,000 Miles

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 22, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

We've had our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot for eleven months and we've already hit our 20,000-mile target. Despite our disdain for the nine-speed transmission, the Pilot has been chosen for road trip after road trip while racking up those miles, including an 1,100-mile trip up and down California that I just completed.

Part of the Pilot's long-haul popularity has to do with the fact that the ZF nine-speed isn't doing much shifting when you're on the highway. What I did notice on my latest trip were things like the Pilot's quiet and comfortable ride, pleasant seats and abundant cargo space.

2016 Honda Pilot

Road trips notwithstanding, the Pilot remains pretty far off its EPA combined rating of 22 mpg. I got 22 mpg on my trip, but about 90 percent of those miles were on the highway. We're averaging just over 20 mpg overall and we've only beaten the highway rating of 26 mpg a few times, with our best tank clocking in at 28.8 mpg. Yes, Dan squeezed 27.4 mpg out of the Pilot on a 2,151-mile trip, but we haven't had much luck repeating those results.

Still, the odometer on this rig speaks for itself. Sometimes we struggle to hit 20,000 before 12 months are up, but the Pilot has been in consistently high demand.

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 20,001 miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot positions itself well as a minivan alternative, but can it hold a candle to a minivan when it comes to cargo capacity?

2016 Honda Pilot: The Minivan Problem

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on September 20, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Two recent road trips gave me a chance to test the cargo space in our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot versus what we have in our long-term 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. A vehicle like the Pilot is a clear alternative to the minivan life with less stigma. It's what crossovers are all about. It has massive cargo space, three rows of seating and tons of available features.

Still, I was curious just how much versatility a Pilot owner must give up to avoid the minivan stereotypes.

Behind its third row of seats, our top-of-the-line Pilot Elite has 18 cubic feet of space, which is nothing to sneeze at. But the Pacifica has nearly double that at 32.3 cubes, and its lower load floor makes accessing that space easier.

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Fold the second and third rows flat in the Pilot Elite and you get 108.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which is again a strong performance for a crossover. But do the same thing in the Pacifica (the seats fold into the floor) and there's 140.5 cubes.

Of course, cargo space isn't the only difference between these two. The Pilot offers all-wheel drive, which isn't available on the Pacifica (though it is on the Toyota Sienna). It also has a higher towing capacity, maxing out at 5,000 pounds versus the Pacifica's 3,600. And its higher ground clearance brings some gnarlier off-road action into play.

But if room for stuff is your biggest concern, the Pacifica wins this one by a longshot. We know minivans rule this category — the Pacifica is actually on the small side compared to the Sienna and the Pilot's platform-mate, the Honda Odyssey — but the numbers are still pretty striking.

Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 19,000 miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot test vehicle has a lifetime average of 20 mpg after 10 months in our care.

2016 Honda Pilot: August Fuel Economy Update

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on September 15, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Summer's winding down, and our 2016 Honda Pilot spent more time on local roads in August compared to its road-trip-heavy July. As a result, its overall average mpg dropped, albeit just a smidge.

We covered nearly 1,800 miles this month and pumped in about 98 gallons. The monthly average came out to 18.3 mpg. Worst fill and best fill remain unchanged, while lifetime mpg falls from 20.2 to 20 mpg.

Worst Fill MPG: 12.3
Best Fill MPG: 28.8
Average Lifetime MPG: 20.0
EPA MPG Rating: 22 Combined (19 City/26 Highway)
Best Range: 506.5 miles
Current Odometer: 18,858

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 18,858 miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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We load different configurations of luggage into our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot to see what will fit in its cargo bay.

2016 Honda Pilot: Will the Luggage Fit?

by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 13, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Will the luggage fit? To answer this question, we loaded our 2016 Honda Pilot with suitcases in different configurations and took photos. For the sake of standardization, we use the same blue carry-on suitcases (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked suitcases (30x20x13 inches) every time we conduct this test.

Let's see how the Pilot fared.

Access to the cargo area

The Pilot's large, boxy design maximizes access to the cargo area. A load-floor height of 33 inches is a tad higher than some competitors but still manageable. You will need to reach 73 inches for the grab handle when the hatch is fully open, which is about the norm in this segment. The floor is 46 inches wide at the wheel wells.

The versatility of its seat configurations is what adds the most value.

Behind the 1st row

2016 Honda Pilot

The second-row captain's chairs fold forward or flat depending upon your cargo needs. In either case, the nooks created between the seats and on either side of the headrests add a degree of protection for small or delicate items.

2016 Honda Pilot

With all seats folded flat, the cargo capacity of the Pilot is 109.2 cubic feet. The load floor is 78 inches long from the front seatbacks to the rear door.

Behind the 2nd row

2016 Honda Pilot

This area is configurable depending upon how you lower the third-row seats. Maximum capacity extends 47 inches from the back of the second row to the hatch opening.

2016 Honda Pilot

Behind the 3rd row

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

Cargo volume behind the third row is 18.5 cubic feet and the load floor is 16.5 inches deep. It has a 60/40-split folding seatback.

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

You can find other cargo specs for the 2016 Honda Pilot here.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 18,915 miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

From Edmunds.com

Tossing a few hundred pounds of cargo in the back of some SUVs might result in a mushy ride, but it didn't faze our 2016 Honda Pilot.

2016 Honda Pilot: Handles Weight Well

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 7, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Crossovers like our 2016 Honda Pilot are meant for hauling families, not rocks. Yet when it came time to pick up several bags of landscaping stones the other weekend, the Pilot got the job anyway. So, did it even notice the extra weight in back?

Not really.

The rocks added a total of 475 pounds in the cargo area. Throw in two adults and a 16-year-old girl and the Pilot was definitely weighed down a little more than usual. It was a little slower off the line, but after that it gained speed without much trouble. Shifts from the nine-speed automatic were unaffected, and the brakes had little trouble bringing it to a stop.

If anything, it actually felt a little smoother over certain kinds of pavement. That's often the case with a vehicle that's designed to hold multiple passengers and their cargo. Overall, I would say the Pilot felt like it would handle a fully loaded cabin quite well, whether it was passengers, cargo or a combination of both. Mileage would certainly suffer, but the ride quality, handling and stopping ability seem fully up to the task. 

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 17,566  miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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The navigation screen in Edmunds' long-term 2016 Honda Pilot offers plenty of directional advice.

2016 Honda Pilot: Headed in the Right Direction

by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on August 16, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

I'm a big fan of the easy-to-read graphics in our 2016 Honda Pilot's navigation system. But I find it humorous that Honda offers the compass direction on both sides of the nav screen.

Here, I was clearly headed east, as was my passenger. I hope we continue in a unified direction.

Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor @ 17,656 miles

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2016 Honda Pilot Long-Term Road Test

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Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot has been seesawing back and forth with its fuel economy. Our July MPG set an all-time high.

2016 Honda Pilot: July Fuel Economy Update - Padding the Stats

by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on August 11, 2016

2016 Honda Pilot

Our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot has a Jekyll and Hyde thing going on with its fuel economy. If you take it on the open road like Dan Edmunds did, it can generate some pretty solid MPG numbers (although that's not what happened the time before). But back in the city, we've seen numbers in the low to mid teens, well below the EPA city estimate of 19 mpg.

Fortunately for the Pilot's stats, July was dominated by Dan's surprisingly fuel-efficient Oregon trip.

We had to check the numbers twice. Yes, the Pilot really averaged 25.6 mpg for the month, besting its previous record by a whopping 3 mpg. Along the way, Dan set single-tank records of 28.8 mpg and 506.5 miles. It shows you what the Pilot's capable of when you dial in the right driving technique. Let's see if we can keep that momentum going.

Worst Fill MPG: 12.3
Best Fill MPG: 28.8
Average Lifetime MPG: 20.2
EPA MPG Rating: 22 Combined (19 City/26 Highway)
Best Range: 506.5 miles
Current Odometer: 17,494

Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 17,494 miles

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