The two big U.S. automakers have been on a tear recently, with both Ford and General Motors rising around 50% in the past year. While these stocks may not be dirt cheap anymore, analyst Brendan Byrnes thinks there's still opportunity in this space.

Both a Ford and GM shareholder, Brendan says that when forced to pick which stock he would buy right now, he picks Ford. He says he likes Ford's dividend, its cheaper valuation, the opportunity it has in China, and its more ambitious European plan. Check out the following video, in which Brendan talks with Fool contributor Andrew Tonner, for more on how these two big automakers compare. 

Fool contributor Andrew Tonner owns shares of Ford. Brendan Byrnes owns shares of Ford and General Motors. The Motley Fool recommends Ford and General Motors and owns shares of Ford. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.