2022 Honda Pilot Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Electrical & engine problems are among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

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The 2022 Honda Pilot is meant to be a family-friendly SUV designed for the long haul. The automaker claims it is “made for the bold.” Yet, customers can’t deal with the boldness of the defects, including the glitchy electrical system, faulty engine and malfunctioning service brakes.

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Problems with the Electrical System

As a modern SUV, the Pilot’s cabin should be filled with the latest technologies, all working in harmony, but that’s not the case.

Here’s one Edmunds review worth reading. “This is my 7th Pilot and my last. I thought the auto dimming headlights would be a good feature, but I live in a small town where only one road has a speed limit greater than 40 MPH.   Unfortunately the 2022 Pilot’s auto dimming headlights DON’T WORK BELOW 45 MPH.   What idiot thought that they wouldn’t need them on dark back roads with 30mph speed limits? The adaptive cruise control is also horrible, it speeds up and then senses a car in front and slams you against the seatbelts as it slows down.   The weird thing is that we also have a 2019 CRV and that software works great.”

Aside from this problem, Honda also released Service Bulletin #A20010B that discusses how the CD players don’t work following an OTA update. However, Honda’s response to the matter is it “is a normal occurrence, but it’s not a hardware issue.” Oh, well that’s relieving. Knowing that it isn’t a hardware issue doesn’t bring anyone peace. It would be far better if Honda would work out the glitches to its systems quickly, so people’s lives wouldn’t be so inconvenienced.

Problems with the Engine

The engine is arguably one of the most important components of any SUV, but it’s also the one that’s causing the majority of the grief with the Pilot models.

Another Edmunds review says, “On November 12, 2021 we purchased a brand new 2022 Honda Pilot at Hendrick Honda of Charlotte. Less than 2 months later, on December 30, 2021, the car dropped a valve 3 hours into a 7 hour road trip, destroying the engine, and stranding us in the dark and cold. We waited 7.5 hours only to hear that there was no timeframe for replacing the engine and weren’t able to pick up our car again for about 2 weeks. Honda, [dealer], and Roadside Assistance have not shown any care to rectify the situation. Honda’s mission states that they “are dedicated to supplying products of the highest quality,” but they are not living up to this mission. This car has proven to be risky and faulty but Honda has refused to replace the car.”

The commenter also left an update to the situation. “Honda sold us a faulty (brand new) car. Within 2 months of purchase, the engine destroyed itself and the subsequent ‘repair’ work has caused new issues to arise. Honda is unreliable, unsafe, and unsupportive — they are blatantly disregarding our safety by refusing our request to replace the car.”

Beyond this, it’s also important to look at Service Bulletin #ABOM03112022. Honda wants to improve the idle stop operation from factory specifications by adjusting the PGM-FI software. If everything was running the way it was supposed to, the automaker wouldn’t be looking at making updates. Hopefully, these updates don’t create more problems than they seek to resolve, making the SUV even “bolder,” but not for good reasons.

Problems with the Brakes

A final look at the service brakes shows just as many problems and complaints as the other major systems.

One NHTSA complaint reads, “SUV (Honda Pilot 2022) continues to brake and lose power after brake pedal has been released causing unsafe and un controlled stopping. (No warning lights or errors). We have almost been rear ended do to this. Taken back to dealer to repair after only 200 miles on SUV. Dealer replaced antilock brake module. After repairs SUV seemed to brake normally for about one week then started doing the same thing again but way worse, to the point we didn’t think we could make it home. The sticking brakes, loss of power to the SUV got so bad that it was unsafe to operate and was towed to the dealer awaiting another repair…in shop now two times with less than 500 miles for same exact safety issue. This braking issue could possibly cause serious accidents if not remedied soon. Hearing stories other 2022 Hondas are dealing with this issue as well….hoping no one gets seriously hurt if issue is left unaddressed.”

When it comes to braking issues, Honda has chosen not to release any documentation at this time. For now, the automaker remains quiet, probably hoping no one figures out that everyone is complaining about the same problems. If anything is “made for the bold,” it sure is all the defects that are coming from every major system of the Pilot.

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Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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