The Map displays The Protagonist's position and orientation within Stilwater or Steelport. In addition to showing all roads, it also displays many geographic features such as rivers and ridges, as well as buildings. While these are not perfectly detailed, these are good visual aids.
In Saints Row, the Map is located on the first page of the Pause Menu and does not have a separate control. In later games, the map is activated by pressing the Map button.
The Map has many functions of a modern GPS device, including adding a bookmark at any location, or setting a destination, which is referred to as a "waypoint". The route to the waypoint is highlighted on the Map, as well as the mini-map on-screen HUD. When driving around Stilwater or Steelport, "GPS Shortcuts" are unlocked by driving down alleyways, pedestrian walkways and across empty lots.
In Saints Row: The Third, Saints Row IV, and Gat out of Hell, the GPS places giant arrows on the road when the GPS says to turn. There is no option to disable these arrows, and it happens with all vehicles, including motorcycles. This can be avoided by not using the GPS, but cannot be avoided in missions with forced GPS routes.
In some underground locations, the Map shows the current area, but these underground maps are not accessible outside of that area. The Stilwater Caverns and Rounds Square Shopping Center for example, are multi-map underground areas, but only the current section is accessible, which may make navigation difficult.
The Map shows the name of the District and Neighborhood currently centered on the map, as well as markers for stores, Activities, cribs, missions and Strongholds. Each of these can be displayed separately, or all at once.