Based on the aggregated intelligence of 115,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) has earned a respected four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, low-rated stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Toyota's business, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Toyota facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Toyota City, Japan (1933)

Market Cap

$138.96 billion


Auto Manufacturing

TTM Revenue

$246.51 billion


President Katsuaki Watanabe (since 2005)

CFO Takeshi Suzuki (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average last three years)



Honda Motor (NYSE:HMC),

Nissan Motor (NASDAQ:NSANY)

CAPS members bullish on TM also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE),

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ)

CAPS members bearish on TM also bearish on

General Motors (NYSE:GM),

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, some 96% of the 787 All-Star members who have rated Toyota believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These Foolish bulls include TepperJason and ResearchLover, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Last month, TepperJason noted that Toyota "continues to sell cars at a good pace. The recession will hurt, of course, but Toyota is much more prepared than Ford or [General Motors] to weather the storm. Prius is still selling well."

An earlier pitch by ResearchLover in late July agrees with that bullish sentiment, further stressing Toyota's advantages over its American counterparts:

They have superior advertising and customer loyalty, which translates into word of mouth sales. Car value over time holds up better than [General Motors']. Heck, the cars hold up better. Dollar will rebound with interest rate increases by Ben, and this will help US sales on top of the above factors. In short, I'm predicting a flight to quality, even in a tough market for new car sales.

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Foolish contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.