Honda Pilot Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide (2005 – 2020)

The Honda Pilot is one of the gold-standard SUV’s. Large. Comfy. SUV-like. The Pilot has used nearly every key fob Honda has offered since it launched in 2004. The most current smart key fob looks something like this:

Honda Pilot smart key battery
Honda Pilot smart key

How to Replace a Honda Pilot Key Battery (2016 – Present) Smart Key

How to replace the Honda Pilot key battery – Smart Fob

This is a very quick battery to replace. It will take you just a few minutes. This is the fob used in model years:

  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Here’s my video showing how to quickly change the Honda Pilot key battery:

Honda Pilot Key Battery Replacement Guide 2016 - 2020

This is the battery you need for this Honda CR-V Smart Key Fob:


AmazonBasics CR2032 3 Volt Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 4-Pack
  • 4-pack of lithium coin cell batteries; CR2032 cell size
  • 8-year leak-free shelf life, ideal for watches, calculators, key fobs, Apple TV remotes, and other small electronics
  • Replacement for BR2032, DL2032, and ECR2032

Replace a Honda Pilot Key Battery (2005 – 2015) – Physical Key Rounded Buttons

Replace the key battery in your older Pilot years
2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

To change the battery in this key, you’ll want a precision screwdriver set $4 on Amazon since the screw is very small on the back of the key. Here’s my video showing exactly how to change this battery on the older Pilot fob:

2005 - 2015 Honda Pilot Key Battery Replacement Guide

This is the battery you need for this Honda Accord physical key with rounded buttons:


AmazonBasics CR1616 Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 2-Pack
  • 2-Pack of CR1616 lithium coin cell batteries for small electronic devices
  • Powers devices such as watches, calculators, sporting goods, games, medical devices, and more
  • Long-lasting, reliable battery life; performs in extreme temperatures
Honda Pilot

The Japanese auto manufacturer introduced Honda Pilot in 2003. During the launch, the manufacturer labeled the mid-size crossover SUV as the family vehicle. This was primarily due to its three rows of seats that allow for eight passengers. The Pilot offers significant towing capacity with an all-wheel-drive model having a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds that appeals to many families.

First Generation (2003 – 2008)

The Pilot’s first generation was available as a 3.5 L V6 engine with a power output of 240 hp for the 2003/04 models. In 2005, the manufacturer offered the Pilot an engine upgrade that increased its horsepower to 255, and they featured variable torque management. The first generations of the vehicle were fitted with a four-wheel-drive system that locks rear differential to prevent slippage when driving at low-speed. In 2006, the manufacturer introduced a front-wheel-drive version that had a reduced power output of 244 hp. The new engine also featured the manufacturer’s variable cylinder management system that made it possible to function as a four or three-cylinder engine for improved fuel economy. The first generation vehicles featured a standard five-speed auto transmission.

Second Generation (2009 – 2015)

The second-generation Honda Pilot featured a gearshift at the center console compared to the first generation that had it at the steering wheel for convenience. It retained the Honda variable cylinder management system introduced in 2006 and offered an improved fuel economy. The four-wheel-drive version achieved an average fuel economy of 22 mpg compared to the front-wheel drive’s 23 mph. The second-generation models were available in four trim levels, LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims. The powered rear tailgate became standard for the second generation for convenience while the driver’s seat featured two-memory functionality. Optional features for the second-generation Pilot included satellite navigation and tri-zone climate control, power moonroof. Safety features included hands-free calling, backup camera system, traction control, side-impact airbags, and vehicle stability assist.

Third Generation (2016 – Present)

The third generation was introduced in 2016, featured improved body design, and re-introduced the square shape. Exterior features for the third generation included 20-inch tires (some trim levels), daytime running lights, and LED headlights. The third generation is overall more significant than the previous models, although it is 300 pounds lighter. The base engine is a 3.5 L V6 engine that can achieve a 280 horsepower. The model also offers a new fuel economy with an estimated two miles per gallon for in city and highway driving. The models are either available with six-speed auto transmission for lower trims and nine-speed auto transmission for higher trim levels. Buyers of the Pilot have the option of purchasing an all-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive. Safety features as standard or optional for the third generation include blind-spot monitoring, passenger-side mirror cameras, rear-cross traffic monitoring, lane departure warning system, and multi-angle backup camera. The 2019 model featured significant facelift with new infotainment and design.