Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Japanese auto giant Honda Motor (NYSE: HMC) has earned a respected four-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 (1946)
Market Cap $54.4 billion
Industry Automobile manufacturers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $101.2 billion
Management

President/CEO Takanobu Ito

CFO Satoshi Aoki

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 6%
Cash/Debt $16.9 billion / $48 billion
Dividend Yield 2.6%
Competitors

Ford (NYSE: F)

General Motors (NYSE: GM)

Toyota (NYSE: TM)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,814 members who have rated Honda believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star lennysims and Vanheezy18.

Just last week, lennysims tapped Honda as a timely bargain pick: "[T]ook a real beat down but looks like I might have caught them pretty close to their low. ... [S]upply chain and whatnot appears to be getting back in order. I am also a big fan of Hondas the things just run and run."

In fact, Honda currently sports a relatively low price-to-book of 0.97. That represents a discount to U.S. competitors Ford (7.98) and GM (1.13), although it's slightly above Toyota's beaten down figure of 0.77.

CAPS member Vanheezy18 elaborates on the industry bull case:

As a car sales broker, I'm betting on this segment in general. People have not stopped buying cars. American households still own 2 1/2 cars and they still trade every 36 months on average. The automakers are going to become an outperformer as people are forced to trade in their gas-guzzlers for much more efficient vehicles. Hybrid and Electric technology is being refined to the point that within 5 years, small and midsized car owners will be crazy not to buy into the new technology.

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