3rd Generation (2016—2019) Pilot Problems

Pilot owners with a 2016—2019 model year have the most problems with the transmission (21%), engine (17%), and the interior (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Jerks 12 complaints at an average of 20,174 miles in the 2016 Honda Pilot.
  2. Transmission Failure 5 complaints at an average of 33,634 miles in the 2016 Honda Pilot.
  3. Auto Idle Stop Does Not Work 8 complaints at an average of 20,608 miles in the 2016 Honda Pilot.

What Pilot Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Honda model years.

Watch out for the 2016 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2019 0 0 2 0.0
2018 4 1 31 2.59
2017 4 0 80 2.71
2016 87 4 240 33.6

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