Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Japanese auto giant Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Honda facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Tokyo, Japan (1946)

Market Cap

$63.7 billion


Automobile manufacturers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$87.7 billion


Chairman/CFO Satoshi Aoki

President/CEO Takanobu Ito

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$11.6 billion / $45.8 billion


Toyota Motor (NYSE: TM)

Ford Motor (NYSE: F)

Daimler (NYSE: DAI)

Other Highly Rated Automotive Plays

Tata Motors (NYSE: TTM)

SORL Auto Parts (NYSE: SORL)

Spartan Motors (Nasdaq: SPAR)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94.5% of the 1,715 members who have rated Honda believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include WestCoastInsight and BarneyBrown.

Only two weeks ago, WestCoastInsight tapped Honda as a rather Darwinian selection: "Auto industry is a battle of attrition. Last one standing so to say, wins. Honda is clearly the new quality value play and stands to gain the most for the Toyota gas pedal screw up."

In an earlier pitch, BarneyBrown agrees with that bullishness:

[Honda] manufactures more internal combustion engines than any other company in the world. You can bet that Honda will find ways to make its engines better and more efficient. Honda's livelihood depends upon staying at the front of the pack in technology, in quality, and in dependability. With Toyota taking some hits in its quality lately, Honda is probably perceived as being better situated to meet the expectations of its market than almost any other company that makes internal combustion engines.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Ford is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.