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My opinion is that it's not that bad (I own one). It definitely does not live up to the "legendary Honda reliability" reputation, but that is true for all current gen Honda models. Still, I wouldn't say they are worse than any other regular manufacturer.

There are a few common issues but most of them have been covered by 10-year warranty extensions now.
 

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First year of a complete redesign. Tons of new technology was implemented. I would be surprised if there wasn't issues.

The general rule is stay away from the first few years of a complete redesign.

So, I would avoid a 2016 and maybe 2017 Pilot due to these reasons.
 

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I have one and the only major work was the injectors replaced under warranty, and some minor issues like the auto start/stop failed to function (some may consider this a plus). Also the windshield is not strong enough that I had one replaced with a stone hit but now has a small crack inside the two glasses that is unrepairable (don’t want to replace the whole windshield).
 

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We purchased our 16 EXL AWD over a year ago with 50k miles on it and have put on an additional 10k miles since. Had the injectors replaced and the start/stop switch replaced under the service bulletin extended warranties recently so it is good that Honda is standing behind their product by covering these two common issues. We love the Pilot and have no regrets purchasing it.
 

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My opinion is that it's not that bad (I own one). It definitely does not live up to the "legendary Honda reliability" reputation, but that is true for all current gen Honda models. Still, I wouldn't say they are worse than any other regular manufacturer.

There are a few common issues but most of them have been covered by 10-year warranty extensions now.
I think this is probably the most spot on answer. Everyone (minus maybe Toyota, and maybe Mazda) has some challenges these days. Unless you want a Toyota... you're probably in about the same boat unless you get something truly awful..
 

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My opinion is that it's not that bad (I own one). It definitely does not live up to the "legendary Honda reliability" reputation, but that is true for all current gen Honda models. Still, I wouldn't say they are worse than any other regular manufacturer.

There are a few common issues but most of them have been covered by 10-year warranty extensions now.
What 10-year warranty extensions are you referring to? I have a 2016 as well, but have never heard of this.
 

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What 10-year warranty extensions are you referring to? I have a 2016 as well, but have never heard of this.
Start/Stop button problem and the fuel injector replacement both have 10 year warranty extensions. Unfortunately a bunch of posters here paid out of pocket for the repair before Honda owned up to the fix.

 

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Okay thanks for these. Hadn't seen those TSB's before. While I have not experienced those problems ... yet ... you can still include me as an owner in the "Yes, the 16 Pilot is that bad" camp!

I do have experience with the fuel pump chirp TSB on the 16 Pilot. After educating my local dealer on that TSB's existence, they still claimed the chirp sound was normal engine noise and they refused to do any repair. So I drove to another dealer 60 miles away who confirmed the problem and did the repair under the power train warranty. And just a couple of months ago I paid $800 to have an active motor mount replaced (hello VCM issues) as the vehicle was out of the power train warranty by then. Ditto for my 18 CRV .... Honda refused me on a TSB for rear tire wear at 14K miles (rear alignment was deliberately miss-set at the factory to improve drive-ability), stonewalled me on a dead battery during the 3 year/36K warranty, and they claimed fuel dilution in the oil pan was "normal" when the dip stick oil level increased by a 1/2 inch from factory fill during the car's 1st 6 month's of life. Sorry for the rant, but I have come to the conclusion that it is Honda itself now that is that bad. I am not surprised that the rest of the world, like Consumer Reports, is finally catching on. 'Bout time. But as slow as the rest of the world is, I'm even dumber. I had to buy 5 Honda's first to learn my lesson.
 

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CR has negative ratings here, but it’s clear that the nine speed wasn’t ready for prime time. Six speed did good.
Honda also wasn’t able to rework the head units in time for launch after Apple changed the specification requirements.
I did look at the 16 as a replacement for my first gen but to me it lost many valued features like second row and trunk power outlets and just didn’t seem to be “finished”.
 

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Consumers report gave 2016 Honda pilot the reliability rating of 1 out of 5.
What do you guys think ? Is it that bad ?
IMO use CR as a reference rather than the primary reference. Over time I find CR information has brand bias, subjective and sometimes wrong.
If you decide on the Pilot stick around here and review how issues can be resolved which will be more helpful than information / data found on CR. The Piloteers can make a difference and you have just experienced how helpful they can be.
 

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Okay thanks for these. Hadn't seen those TSB's before. While I have not experienced those problems ... yet ... you can still include me as an owner in the "Yes, the 16 Pilot is that bad" camp!

I do have experience with the fuel pump chirp TSB on the 16 Pilot. After educating my local dealer on that TSB's existence, they still claimed the chirp sound was normal engine noise and they refused to do any repair. So I drove to another dealer 60 miles away who confirmed the problem and did the repair under the power train warranty. And just a couple of months ago I paid $800 to have an active motor mount replaced (hello VCM issues) as the vehicle was out of the power train warranty by then. Ditto for my 18 CRV .... Honda refused me on a TSB for rear tire wear at 14K miles (rear alignment was deliberately miss-set at the factory to improve drive-ability), stonewalled me on a dead battery during the 3 year/36K warranty, and they claimed fuel dilution in the oil pan was "normal" when the dip stick oil level increased by a 1/2 inch from factory fill during the car's 1st 6 month's of life. Sorry for the rant, but I have come to the conclusion that it is Honda itself now that is that bad. I am not surprised that the rest of the world, like Consumer Reports, is finally catching on. 'Bout time. But as slow as the rest of the world is, I'm even dumber. I had to buy 5 Honda's first to learn my lesson.
Ugh that is pretty bad. What’s worse to me though is not the issues but how Honda handled it when you had a problem. Seems like they are starting to take the Hyundai/ Kia approach and denying first. I had a family member raving to me about how great their Hyundai product was because of the warranty. I got in the thing and drove it and started asked “why is this broke?“ “why is that broke” (on a car with 60-70k miles).... the answer? “Because it’s not covered under warranty “... can’t make this stuff up. Of course my response was something like “Hmm... I think I’d rather it not break in the first place. My Toyota with twice the miles has had none of this type of stuff ever break”
 

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Seems to be more of an issue with local dealerships not following Honda standards and failing to acknowledge service bulletins and warranties. This is a problem with all brands and you just have to find a good dealership with a decent service department.
 

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No complaints about our 2016 EX-L other than the issue with the fuel injectors...(which were replaced under warranty). We have the 6-speed transmission, so didn't have the same issues as some with the 9-speed. We also didn't encounter the FM radio problem nor any of the other issues some Touring and Elite owners had. Guess I'll consider us lucky, but I am not likely to buy a first year remodel again..
 

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Just bought a 2016 Pilot Elite and have had no problems. It runs great at 80k miles :)
 

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I have 93k on my 2016 Honda Pilot Touring AWD and it has honestly been smooth sailing for the most part. I did have injectors replaced around 60k or so but it happened right after the dealer did the fuel system cleaning which made me suspicious it may have had something to do with it.

I use mine on a lot of dirt trails, it is lifted and just started towing a trailer with it Oct 2020 for weekend getaways. Hoping it keeps up this way because I really enjoy the Pilot.
 
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